WCPT's policy structure

A new structure for WCPT's policies and guidelines has been introduced.

All of WCPT’s policies have been reviewed and edited following decisions made at the General Meeting of WCPT in June 2011.

New policy structure 2011

Articles of association: set out the rules that govern the confederation, its constitution, membership and organisational structure, and operating procedures. This includes the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Committee, member organisations, regions, subgroups and the WCPT General Meeting. They have a two-thirds majority vote at a General Meeting of WCPT thereby becoming policy for all member organisations.  Download WCPT Articles of association

Ethical principles: set out the values that underpin the integrity and ethical practice of physical therapists. They have a two-thirds majority vote at a General Meeting of WCPT thereby becoming policy for all member organisations.

Policy statements: record the Confederation's agreed opinion on issues affecting the practice of physical therapy internationally. They are designed to be used by the Confederation, its member organisations and those wishing to further the development of physical therapy and improve health. Member organisations are expected to promote and use them, when appropriate, with other bodies, including national governments, to support national policy development. They have a simple majority vote at a General Meeting of WCPT and are available to member organisations to adopt, fully or in part.

Endorsements: record the Confederation’s support for policy statements which have been developed by other organisations and are relevant to physical therapy internationally. They have a simple majority vote at a General Meeting of WCPT and are available to member organisations to adopt, fully or in part.

WCPT guidelines: are produced to assist member organisations and others to raise the quality of physical therapy. They may provide guidance on standards, criteria or courses of action in areas relevant to physical therapy education, research, practice or policy. They are not mandatory but designed to assist the implementation of WCPT’s policies. Guidelines are resources to assist with the implementation of policy and do not require a vote to be taken at a WCPT General Meeting.

Three policy categories were previously used by WCPT:

  • Declarations of principle recorded the Confederation's agreed stance on issues affecting the practice of physical therapy internationally and had a two-thirds majority vote thereby becoming policy for all member organisations.
  • Position statements reflected the Confederation's preferred opinion on issues affecting the practice of physical therapy and have a simple majority vote. Such statements were available to member organisations to adopt, fully or in part.
  • Endorsements recorded the Confederation’s support for policy statements which have been developed by other organisations and are relevant to physical therapy internationally. They had a simple majority vote and are available to member organisations to adopt fully or in part.