The Orthotic and Prosthetic Alliance recently announced that the Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) has been invited to participate in conference calls and meetings with the four organizations of the O&P Alliance in order to better coordinate the public policy priorities of the O&P profession and the patients it serves. According to a press release, this development follows major commitments made in December 2008 with respect to an “historic agreement” reached between the O&P Alliance and BOC on education and clinical training criteria for orthotists and prosthetists.
The BOC has accepted the invitation and has been participating in O&P Alliance meetings as of Nov. 8.
The O&P Alliance is comprised of four national orthotic and prosthetic organizations including the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, and the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP).
“Although we look forward to this new level of collaboration, the BOC will not be a member of the Alliance at this point. It will not have a vote or pay monthly dues, but it will participate in O&P Alliance meetings and conference calls to discuss policy development, implementation and the Alliance’s ongoing work in the area of government affairs,” Peter W. Thomas, JD, counsel to the O&P Alliance and general counsel of NAAOP, stated in a press release. “We believe this is another important milestone for the O&P profession that will ultimately lead to improvements in patient care, particularly in the areas of education, clinical training, and competency assessment requirements.”