Founded in 1951, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), now known as World Physiotherapy (WP), is the sole international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 350,000 physical therapists worldwide through its 106 member organisations. The confederation operates as a non-profit organisation and is registered as a charity in the UK.
WCPT believes that every individual is entitled to the highest possible standard of culturally appropriate healthcare delivered in an atmosphere of trust and respect for human dignity, and underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and scientific evidence. It is committed to furthering the physical therapy profession and improving global health through:
- encouraging high standards of physical therapy research, education and practice
- supporting the exchange of information between WCPT regions and member organisations
- collaborating with national and international organisations
IFSPT is a recognized subgroup of World Physiotherapy.