IFOMPT is working towards reciprocal recognition of members of IFOMPT Member Organisations.
Since all IFOMPT Member Organisation’s educational programmes are required to meet IFOMPT educational standards in advanced orthopaedic manual physical therapy in order to obtain membership in IFOMPT, the Member Organisations of each country are encouraged to accept individuals who have trained in other Member Organisation countries as full, voting members in their countries’ OMPT organisation, should they apply. Reciprocal recognition is when two countries’ OMPT organisations agree that a member of one Member Organisation is able to become a member of another Member Organisation without added requirements such as further examination, portfolio review, or additional education and both countries agree to this level of acceptance.
Reciprocal recognition is not linked to registration or licensure to practice in a member organisation country. The physical therapist must still meet the country’s requirements to work and practice physical therapy beyond this relationship. Reciprocal recognition is linked to allowing the OMT trained physical therapist to have the same rights and privileges within the Member Organisation as others within the organisation who have successfully completed an IFOMPT approved OMPT educational program.
Several IFOMPT Member Organisations have constitutional requirements that acceptance of OMPT trained members from one country will only be accepted if a reciprocal level of acceptance is permitted from the other country. Therefore, IFOMPT has established a draft Memorandum of Understanding that Member Organisations may use and modify to meet their needs in development of these relationships with other Member Organisations.
The member organisations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA announced at the 2016 IFOMPT General Meeting that they will accept all graduates of IFOMPT approved OMPT programmes as OMPT specialists within their organisations if a graduate meets the country’s registration requirements. This is essentially expanding the concept of “reciprocal recognition” to “Universal Recognition” of the skills, knowledge, and expertise of physical therapists trained in IFOMPT approval programmes for the countries represented by these Member Organisations. The MOs from Germany, Denmark and Sweden recently added their names to this list.