WCPT ethical principles

Policy categories

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) expects physical therapists to:

  • respect the rights and dignity of all individuals
  • comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of physical therapy in the country in which they practise
  • accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgement
  • provide honest, competent and accountable professional services
  • provide quality services
  • receive a just and fair level of remuneration for their services
  • provide accurate information to patients/clients,[1] to other agencies and the community about physical therapy and the services physical therapists provide
  • contribute to the planning and development of services which address the health needs of the community
Approval, review and related policy information
Date adopted:

Originally adopted at the 13th General Meeting of WCPT June 1995 as a Declaration of Principle and accompanying appendix.

Declaration revised and re-approved at the 16th General Meeting of WCPT June 2007.

Ethical principles approved at the 17th General Meeting of WCPT, June 2011, with an accompanying policy statement.

Re-affirmed at the 18th General Meeting of WCPT May 2015.

Date for review: 2019
Related WCPT Policies:

WCPT policy statements:

  • Ethical responsibilities of physical therapists and WCPT members

WCPT endorsements:

  • Endorsement: Rights of the child
  • Endorsement: The United Nations standard rules on the equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities

  1. The term patient/client is used in this document as a generic term to refer to individuals and groups of individuals who can benefit from physical therapy interventions/treatments.