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ABC continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are doing everything we can to assure that our programs and services are minimally affected. The safety and well-being of our employees, certified individuals and candidates, accredited businesses and other constituents is very important to us. We know this is a time of anxiety for you, your coworkers, families and patients. As more information becomes available, we will update this page. ​For additional resources, please consult the CDC’s Coronavirus page​​

What's Happening at ABC​​​
ABC will continue to stay open during this time. Our staff is working remotely, but are fully operational and ready to serve our customers.

Customers still have access to their MY ABC account ​24/7 with the ability to utilize all of its features. 

​If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email us at info@abcop.org.

COVID-19 Impact on ABC Stakeholders Survey Report

At the beginning of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the ABC Board of Directors recognized the potential for a significant impact on all ABC credential holders. In order to get a clear picture of the impact the emergency has had on ABC stakeholders, ABC staff was tasked with creating a survey to gauge the consequences.

​The main goal of the survey was to gauge the current impact of COVID-19 during the height of the crisis. The focus of the survey questions was aimed at identifying employment and patient volume impacts as well as the perceived financial impact on practices.

Click here​ to view the full survey report.


Accredited Facilities & Provider Applicants

Per CMS guidance, ABC is postponing all surveys until further notice. Accredited facilities up for resurvey in 2020 who have not yet undergone a survey will be granted a 90-day extension to their expiration and application due dates.

​​​​​​IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ANSWERED​​​​​

​​​UPDATE: HHS has announced additional allocations of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. Information can be found h​e​re​.

  • ​Should I still apply for accreditation? We encourage you to continue to apply​ or reapply for accreditation. We are still accepting and processing applications as usual. 
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We recommend that you review your Infection Control and Emergency Preparedness policies to see if any revisions or additions are necessary to enhance your compliance and protect yourselves, staff and patients. Specific ABC Accreditation Standards that address these areas are: PS.3PS.11.1PS.11.2FS.3FS.5 and FS.5.1

For additional guidance, please refer to the CDC's specific resources for healthcare facilities.


Certificants & Exam Candidates

​Exam candidates are still encouraged to apply for ABC certification​.

However, in response to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated guidance on measures to be taken to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 disease, Prometric has determined it is necessary and appropriate to extend the closure of their testing centers in the United States and Canada until May 1st.   

If your exam appointment is impacted by this extension, you should have received an email notification from Prometric informing you that your appointment has been canceled and instructions for how to reschedule for a future date. No rescheduling fees will be applied.​


What does this mean for ABC exam candidates?

Due to social distancing mandates at all Prometric testing centers, the April written and simulation exam session has been rescheduled and extended to May 4-16.  We have emailed all registered April candidates with information on the test site selection process.

The June written and simulation exam session has also been extended to June 8-20.  All approved candidates will receive an email with information on the test site selection process in the upcoming weeks.

Visit the Prometric website​ to see the latest information regarding their response to COVID-19, including info on rescheduling and a full list of testing center closures. For additional questions, please email our certification team or call (703) 836-7114.

The May Practitioner CPM exams have been rescheduled.  View entire schedule here.​​
    • Orthotics July 23-25, 2020
    • Prosthetics:  July 30-Aug 1​, 2020

Continuing Education​​

Please note that many of the tradeshows and conferences ABC was scheduled to attend have been canceled with future events subject to change. We will update our event calendar as we learn of these changes 

The ABC Pre-approved Course Search Tool​ has many available eLearning options to help you continue to earn continuing education credits during this time.


Resources from other O,P&P Organizations​​

 


American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP)

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA


National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP)

National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)
VGM/Essentially Women (EW)