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About ISPO Canada

ISPO Canada (Canadian National Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics - CNSPO) is Canada's National Member Society for the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics. There are currently 51 National Member Societies worldwide. ISPO Canada is active in promoting International Development, national level symposia, and disseminating ISPO information to our members.

For more information regarding ISPO Canada and its events please contact the ISPO Canada Secretariat. For more information about how to join ISPO Canada, click here. Click here to see the ISPO information brochure.

ISPO Canada Contact Information
Mail

ISPO Canada
26 Stonemanse Ct
Toronto, ON, M1G 3V3

Email ispocanada@gmail.com

ISPO Canada Executive Board
Sandra Ramdial President 416-424-3819
Elizabeth Harris Past President 902-368-7767
Rajiv Kalsi Secretary
Sheila Hubbard Treasurer
Edward Lemaire Board Member 613-737-7350 x75592
Amy Richardson Board Member
Carla Reimer Board Member
Linda Laakso Board Member
Karen Valley Consumer Rep

About ISPO

Address | Objectives | Structure | Publications

ISPO is a multidisciplinary organization comprised of persons who have a professional interest in the clinical, educational and research aspects of prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation engineering and related topics. ISPO was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1970 by a group of surgeons, prosthetists-orthotists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and engineers to promote improvements in the care of all persons with neuromuscular and skeletal impairments. ISPO presently has approximately 3000 members worldwide in more than 80 countries. National member societies have been established in 51 countries. ISPO serves as an impartial, non-political coordinating, correlating and advisory body. ISPO's goal is to provide educational guidance through international co-operation, thereby assisting professions, agencies and nations in improving their effectiveness so that the highest possible standard of prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation care can be provided worldwide.

Address

International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
22-24 Rue du Luxembourg
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium

Telephone: +32 (2) 213.13.79
FAX: +32 (2) 213.13.13
E-mail: ispo@ispoint.org
Web: www.ispoint.org

Objectives and Strategies

Education

To facilitate and enhance the educational efforts of all health care disciplines involved in prosthetics and orthotics throughout the world. Information exchange and dissemination is achieved through 

  • World congresses 
  • Instructional courses 
  • Conferences 
  • Publications 

Service

To provide, upon request, consultation and expertise to areas where the need for development of prosthetic and orthotic services has been identified. Teams 

  • Appraise and recognize schools and facilities 
  • Help develop clinical programmes 

Standards

To compile and review standards which govern the practice of the professions concerned with prosthetic and orthotic care throughout the world. Guidelines are established through

  • Educational symposia 
  • Curriculum updating 
  • Material and product evaluation and classification 
  • Concensus conferences 

Research

To facilitate and encourage research which will improve the quality of products and services provided to persons in need. Support is given to recent developments such as

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) 
  • Optical shape sensing 
  • Socket design 
  • Locomotion Studies 

Organizational Structure

National Member Societies

All members of a given country, elect representatives form their membership to the International Committee.

International Committee

Establishes policies, approves plans for carrying out these policies and elects ISPO's Executive Board.

Executive Board

Responsible to the International Committee for all operations of the Society. The Board appoints the Standing and, if needed, ad hoc Committees and the Task Officers and oversees the Secretariat.

The Executive Board includes the President, the President-Elect, two Vice Presidents, and four other Fellows of ISPO, The Honorary Secretary, the Honorary Treasurer, the Immediate Past-President and all Standing Committee Chairmen. Task Officers join the Executive Board as non-voting members.

Standing Committees and Task Officers

Carry out activities on an international basis with the approval of the International Committee. Standing Committees and Task Officers deal with Finance, Membership, Evaluation, Education, Publications, Congresses, Socket Design, Protocol, Professional Register, Journal Promotion and Standards. 

Secretariat

Responsible for the day-to-day administration activities of the Society. 

Publications

Please visit the ISPO International web site for publication information.