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Network News - Volume 2, Number 3

In This Issue:

Request for INPTRA Website Resources

Do you have regulatory documents that would be helpful to other countries’ physiotherapy regulators? Please send us the links to those documents and we will post them to our website.

Topics we are looking for include:

  • Educational accreditation standards
  • Exam development resources
  • Standards of practice
  • Continuing professional development
  • Ethics, enforcement and compliance
  • Regulatory language

Send the link with a brief description of the webpage or document (English would be helpful) to

Would you like to share your country’s regulatory news?

We would be pleased to include news about healthcare regulation in your country in this quarterly newsletter.  

Please send a short article or a link to a news article to

Webinar: Scope of Practice: to have or have not?

September 15, 2015 | 6:00 PM ET

One of the most significant differences in physiotherapy regulatory models around the globe is the identification of specific scope of practice. 

In some models, scope of practice is clearly delineated and outlined within the written regulations. In other models, the title and term are protected but there is not a specified scope of practice. 

The intent of this webinar is to compare and contrast various forms of these models. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? How do they work in terms of protecting the public? Representatives from Australia and New Zealand will share their perspectives and experiences. 

Be sure to add this to your calendar and look for the separate email with instructions for participating!

Reports on INPTRA 2015 Conference from Kenya and Sri Lanka

Our scholarship winners, Mr. Douglas Kotut, Physiotherapy Council of Kenya and Mr. T.M.U. Sanjeewa Tunpattu, Sri Lanka Society of Physiotherapy and Government Physiotherapists’ Association, provided us with excellent reports on the conference they attended in Singapore April 2015.

  Mr. Tunpattu reports that, “Sri Lanka Society of physiotherapy together with Government Physiotherapists’ Association has initiated to approach the physiotherapy regulation (clinical, research and academic programs) and way forward is to establish a Physiotherapy Council. By attending to INPTRA 2015 it was able to learn the various lessons especially on process of working with other stakeholders, government agencies etc. from the countries where the physiotherapy regulations are well established. This will definitely be helpful to us to move forward to form a better, effective and efficient physiotherapy regulatory system with own responsibilities.”

Read the entire report

  Mr. Kotut reports that, “Kenya, among other countries in Africa is regarded as having with low income levels according to the World Bank... Without the scholarship I would not have been able to travel to the meeting. This was evident where I was the only representative from Africa. 
“It is of great concern since this part of the world has very little regulation of physiotherapy services. In the recent years there has been an increase in number of institutions offering physiotherapy education in Kenya. Unfortunately all of them have been using their own developed curricula; there has also been an increase in foreign trained students, mushrooming of unlicensed private clinics. Several cases of malpractices were reported to the Kenya society of physiotherapists but most of them were not addressed conclusively because of lack of a legal mandate. 

“The scholarship could not have come at a better time when we were finalizing the physiotherapy act and now when putting up the council. Apart from the useful interactions that I had, was also able to learn that INPTRA can be our major resource base when we are operationalizing the act.”

Read the entire report. 


INPTRA’s Newest Member - Conseil National de l'Ordre des Masseurs-Kinésithérapeutes 

French Order of Physical Therapists

We are pleased to announce that the Conseil National de l'Ordre des Masseurs-Kinésithérapeutes became a member of INPTRA in July!

Since its creation in 2006, the French Order of Physiotherapists is the profession’s only legal regulatory organization and, as such, it guarantees the quality of care and patient safety.

An independent and transparent authority, it is the profession’s preferred representative when dealing with State and health authorities and it is able to take initiative to permanently improve the practice, and to support and anticipate developments in the medical science of physiotherapy.

The Board ensures health democracy: it promotes “professional best practices” and acts as a safeguard against unethical methods and therapist drift. 

The Order of Physiotherapists is a key institutional player in the French healthcare system, and takes part in:

  • Managing the Charter, authorizing the practice, and regulating the profession
  • Dispute resolution, ensuring compliance with the Code of Ethics
  • Providing support to registered professionals

The Order also interacts with public authorities, ensuring the profession’s independence and its future.

All members of the Board are physiotherapists themselves, from a wide variety of practices and specialties, which facilitates their perfect understanding of the profession’s challenges.

Also, local representatives and their close-knit network of departmental and regional councils are a preferred contact for professionals and patients alike, providing mediation, counseling, and support.

The Order ensures management of the charter, a reliable database of the professional demography, soon to be merged with the shared directory of healthcare professionals.

It certifies the continuing competence of all registered physiotherapists, no matter the origin of their certification. Through the County Councils of the Order (CDO), the Order ensures that each therapist participates in a Continued Professional Development program (CPD).

Physiotherapy Regulation Guiding Principles Updated

These guiding principles on physiotherapy regulation have been developed to provide guidance both to regulatory authorities that are already established and, in particular, to those countries where physiotherapy regulation is developing or has not yet been developed. 

The INPTRA board of directors updated the Guiding Principles based on feedback from attendees of the INPTRA 2015 conference in Singapore April 2015.

The principles provide suggested direction for specific areas that should be addressed in a regulatory model for physiotherapy. While not all the principles may be feasible or appropriate at a specific time within a particular jurisdiction, they provide guidance for future change. 

View updated Guiding Principles for Physiotherapy Regulation.

Australia: Review of National Registration and Accreditation Scheme

Australian Health Ministers considered the Final Report on the Independent Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions (the NRAS Review) and are pleased to publicly release the Final Report. 

Health Ministers note that the establishment of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions (the National Scheme) was a unique and important endeavour that involved enactment of near identical legislation by each State and Territory Parliament, thereby replacing the separate jurisdictional registration of health practitioners in 14 health professions with a single National Scheme. 

Health Ministers accept that the National Scheme has been embedded within the Australian health system in a relatively short time. Health Ministers agree with the assessment by the Independent Reviewer that while some changes are needed to improve the National Scheme, it remains acknowledged as amongst the most significant and effective reforms of health profession regulation in Australia and internationally.

View report

Canada: Occupation-specific Language Training in Ontario, Canada

Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) helps newcomers to Ontario develop the language skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

By taking OSLT courses, participants will develop the language and communication skills needed to:

  • Understand workplace culture in their occupation and sector.
  • Interact effectively with colleagues, clients and supervisors.
  • Give and receive information by email and telephone.
  • Interview and network effectively.

To learn more, look under What’s New on the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators website.

European Professional Card

On 24 June 2015, the European Commission adopted the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/983 on the procedure for issuance of the European Professional Card and the application of the alert mechanism pursuant to the Professional Qualifications Directive. In January 2016, the EPC will be available for nurses responsible for general care, pharmacists, physiotherapists, mountain guides and real estate agents.

The European professional card (EPC) will further facilitate the free movement of professionals in the EU. The card will simplify the recognition of professional qualifications, enhance transparency for EU citizens and increase trust among authorities across the EU.

For more information, click here.

United States: Dry Needling Competencies Report

In the U.S., individual states regulate healthcare professions through legislation called a practice act, which specifies the criteria for obtaining a licensing to practice. The practice act specifies each healthcare profession’s scope of practice – what the profession is competent and trained to do.

For several years, U.S. jurisdictions have sought information from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) regarding the ability of physical therapists to perform dry needling for neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments and disability. 

The Dry Needling Competencies Report drew from multiple sources of information to provide an authentic and accurate assessment of the knowledge, skills, and abilities need to perform dry needling safely and effectively.

View report.

Attend the U.S. FSBPT annual meeting

The U.S. Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) will be hosting its annual meeting October 15-17, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.  You are invited and encouraged to attend.  This year’s theme is “Charting a New Course in Regulation.”

Regulatory topics include:
Dry needling competencies
Exam, Licensure and Discipline Database (ELDD)
International collaboration between Australia and New Zealand
Workforce data and research
Substance abuse
The intersection of education, accreditation and regulation
Anti-competition v. public protection

Registration is not yet open - look for a follow-up email announcing the opening within the next few weeks.  

Registration fees are $US 495.00 for FSBPT members (US physical therapy board members) and affiliate members (Canadian Alliance members). Fees for non-members are $US 595.00.

More about FSBPT
In the U.S., there is no national licensure/registration/certification of healthcare professionals; they are licensed to practice by each state or jurisdiction. 

The Federation of Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is the organization composed of the U.S. state and jurisdiction authorities that license physiotherapists. It develops and maintains the National Physical Therapy Exam, which all physiotherapists must pass in order to be licensed to practice in a U.S. state. 

FSBPT’s mission is to protect the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice.

INPTRA Board of Directors Report

The INPTRA board of directors met via webinar Friday, August 7, 2015 and adopted the following motions.

To hold the 2017 INPTRA meeting in conjunction with the CLEAR meeting in Australia.

To budget for an INPTRA presentation and presence at the 2017 WCPT meeting in South Africa.

Submit your country’s regulatory model

If you would like to submit a profile of your country's physiotherapy regulation, please send the following information (in English and MS Word, please) to  

  • Country: The name of your country.
  • Point of Contact: Your name, position and email address. This is for INPTRA's information only and will not be posted on the website.
  • Regulatory Model: Provide a brief one-paragraph summary.
  • Website: The website of the organization that represents physiotherapy regulators in your country.
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