Why should you join IFOMPT?
Membership of IFOMPT is an aspirational goal for many countries as they develop their Orthopaedic Manipulative/Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (OMPT) post graduate programmes. IFOMPT is one of the few professional bodies in the world that has developed an internationally agreed standard to which all post graduate programmes are assessed and must achieve. These standards have been developed and agreed to by all the current Member Organisation (MO) countries who make up IFOMPT. These are not easy standards to achieve, but MOs place significant value on these high standards. They also allow countries to have reciprocal recognition of their graduates because the standards are well recognised and consistent. This allows for graduates of these programmes to be recognised across the globe.
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What is the pathway to membership?
The path to full membership entails a number of steps and the level of involvement and roles and responsibilities increase as members progress along this pathway. Note that some members may choose to join and remain as Registered Interest Groups (RIGs), while others will then progress to prepare and submit their curriculum to become full MOs of IFOMPT:
Step 1: How do you become a Registered Interest Group?
The journey to membership begins with the formation of a Registered Interest Group (RIG) in your country. The RIG is normally the group running the OMPT programme in a country. The requirements for this are listed here
. If you are interested in becoming a RIG, please contact the IFOMPT office
and you will be directed to one the RIG Advisory Group members
who works with your area. This group has been established with explicit purpose of growing of RIGs and MOs by developing strategies to support and maintain existing MO’s/RIGs; and pro-actively seeking and engaging potential new RIGs.
It is also important to understand that you can have more than one RIG in a country, but that there is only one overall group that is recognised by IFOMPT called the MO. Therefore, as you start this journey and there is (or can potentially be) more than one RIG, you must meet and form an Umbrella Group (UG) in your country
. The UG will become MO once the curriculum of at least one of the RIGS of this UG has achieved the required standards. More than one RIG can achieve the required standards. For example, in the USA there are over 20 different programmes that meet the IFOMPT Standards, but they all fall under the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), which is the MO for USA.
Approval as a Registered Interest Group
Once a prospective RIG has submitted the required documents to IFOMPT, the Executive Committee will approve your RIG status.
For some RIGS, this may be the level of involvement you choose to have with IFOMPT, and participation will be based on being a RIG. For the majority of RIGS, the goal will be full membership of IFOMPT as a MO and IFOMPT has put in place mechanisms to assist them in the process of progressing to full MO status.
Step 2: How do you progress to become a Member Organisation?
Once a group has been approved as a RIG of IFOMPT, a member of the RIG Advisory Group
will be allocated to them and work with them to ensure you have things in place to develop your curriculum towards meeting the IFOMPT Standards. The members of the RIG Advisory Group are all part of existing MO’s and have worked with IFOMPT for many years. They will be allocated to you based on your geographical proximity to them. It is important to look at the Standards Document early before you plan your curriculum. Once you have looked at the document, this is a good time to talk to your allocated advisory group member. The development of the programme and ensuring that it meets the requirements set out in the Standards Document will take time and IFOMPT will support the process wherever possible.
The development of the programme forms one part of becoming a MO. In addition to this, work also needs to be done on organising the structure of your organisation, especially if there are or potentially can be more than one RIG in your country as has been the case in many parts of the world and where the various groups have very successfully formed an umbrella groups.
RIGs who wish to apply to become an MO are encouraged to utilise the following document
for guidance in the development of curriculum submission for membership in IFOMPT. Once the educational programme of your RIG is ready and the Advisory Group on RIG Development have given the go-ahead, and you have sorted out your organisational structure, the formal application to become a MO can be submitted. The applications should contain the list of documents required
Review process of the application
The application will be referred to the Standards Committee (SC) to review the application and the curriculum to make sure that it meets the requirements. The SC members allocated to the case will interact with you as part of their evaluation and will work with you to ensure that all the requirements are met. Once this process has been completed, the application needs to be presented to the Delegate Assembly of IFOMPT, who have to vote in the new MO.
Next Step: International monitoring
Once approved as an MO of IFOMPT, the MO is eligible for all the benefits of membership
and the programme can be offered as an accredited IFOMPT programme. Every six years a process called international monitoring ensures that the standards are maintained.