As the international organisation representing orthopaedic manipulative physiotherapy (OMPT), IFOMPT is committed to the promotion and ongoing development of this area of clinical specialisation. A major function of IFOMPT is to ensure the quality of postgraduate training in OMPT. The qualities of a programme that concern IFOMPT relate to both generic and professional skills that are essential for the graduate to perform in the field of OMPT.
The IFOMPT Educational Standards document provides a detailed guide to the standards of education for postgraduate programmes that are considered acceptable to IFOMPT. The process of IFOMPT international monitoring, accepted at the AGM in Cape Town, March 2004 introduced a process to ensure that educational programmes accepted by IFOMPT are continuing to satisfy these education standards and producing physiotherapists who are able to deliver a high standard of patient care in the area of orthopaedic manipulative physiotherapy.
The process of international monitoring focuses on the professional and generic skills identified in the IFOMPT Educational Standards. IFOMPT recognises the diversity in OMPT programmes throughout the world. The process of monitoring is considered the most appropriate method for determining standards whilst allowing programmes to preserve their individuality, and is administered by the Standards Committee of IFOMPT. The committee members independently review the submission from the Member Organisation. Their recommendations are collated by the Chair of the Standards Committee to be discussed at a planned meeting. Once a decision has been agreed, a report is written, making recommendation to the IFOMPT Executive Committee.
The international monitoring process is detailed in the Standards Document, Part B.