ABC & NCOPE Again Awarded ISPO Category I Recognition

Debbie Ayres
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) has once again awarded the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) and the National Commission on Orthotics and Prosthetics Education (NCOPE) Category I recognition, a distinction first awarded in March of 2009.

The Category I recognition validates the ABC/NCOPE pathway for those individuals interested in obtaining their CPO designation. With this honor the ABC/NCOPE CPO pathway is recognized throughout the world as having met the highest international educational standards in existence today. ABC is the only credentialing body in the United States to receive Category I recognition from ISPO.

In the early 1990s, ISPO, an international society created to facilitate improvements in the care of patients with neuromuscular and skeletal disabilities, integrated a classification system that evaluates organizations on the processes used in educating, training and certifying orthotic and prosthetic students. The standards ISPO enforces are recognized by the World Health Organization, so by obtaining Category I recognition ABC/NCOPE has demonstrated the equivalency of the approach used to properly educate, train and assess the competency of O&P practitioners in the United States, as compared to international standards.

“ABC is very proud to continue to be recognized by the international community as meeting their high standards in the education and residency pathway that Category I demands. For us, this further validates our exam process and the importance of the ABC/NCOPE pathway in preparing practitioners for the future,” said ABC President James H. Wynne, CPO, FAAOP.