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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 continue to update this page. ​

​If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email us at 703.836.7114 or info@abcop.org.

Accredited Facilities & Provider Applicants

The Accreditation program has fully resumed onsite surveys and ABC surveyors are currently conducting surveys while following CDC safety protocols.  

​​​​​​IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ANSWERED​​​​​
  • Should I still apply for accreditation? ​Yes, we encourage you to continue to apply or reapply for accreditation. We are still accepting and processing applications as usual.
  • Does ABC's accreditation standards address infection control?  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
  • How can my business utilize telehealth to continue patient care?  View ABC's Statement on Telehealth in Orthotics and Prosthetics for further guidance.
  • Are O,P&P businesses considered essential healthcare services? Learn more here
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For additional guidance, please refer to the CDC's specific resources for healthcare facilities.

For questions, please email our accreditation team or call (703) 836-7114. 

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Continuing Education​​

While many tradeshows and conferences have been canceled with future events subject to change, there are now more eLearning opportunities than ever from which to choose.

You can find these opportunities through the ABC Pre-approved Course Search Tool​. We encourage you to continue to earn continuing education credits during this time and we are happy to help in any way we can.

We will continue to update our online course listings and event calendar​ as we learn of any changes. ​


Certification Exams

​Exam candidates are still encouraged to apply for ABC certification​.​ For the most current dates and deadlines, view the entire schedule here.​​

Testing Center Safety
ABC's third party testing vendor, Prometric, has reviewed all test center operations and continues to reinforce maximum safety protocols at all test centers in order to mitigate the risk of spread of the virus at these locations. Procedures include cleaning high-touch surfaces (e.g. test stations, keyboard keys, mouse, etc.) before opening, in-between each candidate and at the end of the day. In addition, Prometric provides the necessary PPE, cleaning supplies and training to their staff on all new cleaning protocols. For more information about Prometric's test center ​policies and testing site updates, please visit the Prometric website.

COVID-19 Impact on ABC Stakeholders Survey Report

As the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) continues, the ABC Board of Directors is studying the impacts on all ABC credential holders. In order to get a clear picture of the impact the emergency has had on ABC stakeholders, a preliminary survey was sent in April 2020 to a small group of ABC certifees, to set an early benchmark on how the pandemic was affecting the profession. 

ABC followed up with a survey in July 2020 to a much larger, diverse and representative subset of all ABC certified individuals. The survey goals were to ascertain the effects felt both at the height of the pandemic and identify the steps being made towards recovery. The July survey focused on identifying impacts on employment, patient volume and practice revenue.  

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July 2020
​Click​ here​ to view the updated survey report 
April 2020
Click here​ to view the preliminary survey report

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)