WCPT policies in support of direct access

Direct access and patient/client self-referral to physical therapy

This policy statement was approved in 2011.  This is an important resource for those advocating for direct access at a national/state/regional level.


Autonomy has been a focus of WCPT's policies since 1995.  This policy statement clearly states that "Patients/clients should have direct access to physical therapist services."  However, direct access and self-referral is not a given in all of WCPT’s member organisations’ countries.

WCPT policy statement on regulation

Regulation of the physical therapy profession seeks to protect the public and emphasises the importance of competency to practice.

Guideline for physical therapist professional entry level education

This guideline is designed to prepare physical therapists with the required competencies to practice as autonomous practitioners.