International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists (IAAPT)

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International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists

The International Association of Physical Therapists (IAAPT) is an international network of physical therapy associations and individuals interested in the practice of acupuncture.

It was founded in 1991 and became a subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in 1999.

It was formed by a core group of physiotherapists from five countries, where physiotherapists had been practicing acupuncture since the early 1980's - Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Since becoming a subgroup in 1999, membership has grown to include further member organisations including Hong Kong, Ireland, Greece, Macau, Canada, Denmark, Cyprus and Argentina, and there are individual members in other countries.

The association consists of academics and clinicians from member organisations. It promotes the dissemination of ideas by means of a journal produced three times a year.

Every four years a General Meeting is held, at which officers are appointed and accounts approved. This meeting coincides with the WCPT Congress).

The association encourages a broad approach to the practice of acupuncture, being aware that members need to conform to the rules and regulations that govern registration in their own countries.

Standards of practice for basic safety have been established and accepted by member organisations. IAAPT is continuing to work towards an accepted international basic training.

Each country is represented in regional committees. IAAPT has an executive committee and education committee, publication editor and sub-editor (see list of officers and regional representatives).