…uncertified practitioners posing as Canadian Certified Pedorthists…
WINNIPEG, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - A Canadian organization operating under
multiple names is falsely claiming to train and certify Canadian
Certified Pedorthists. The College of Pedorthics of Canada and the Pedorthic Association of Canada urge Canadians to carefully check Pedorthists' qualifications before
trusting them with your health.
Orthotic and footwear experts, Canadian Certified Pedorthists, only earn
certification through The College of Pedorthics of Canada after rigorous education and training. The College of Pedorthics of Canada is the licensing body for the pedorthic profession in Canada and is a
national self-regulatory body whose primary purpose is to protect
patients who receive services from Canadian Certified Pedorthists.
Canadian Certified Pedorthists are identified by the designation C. Ped (C) and are only permitted to use this designation if they comply with the
strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of The College of Pedorthics of Canada and are members of the Pedorthic Association of Canada, a national, non-profit organization whose main mandate is to develop
and promote the study, practice and knowledge of Pedorthics in Canada.
An organization operating under the names of "The College of Certified
Pedorthists of Ontario", "Canadian College of Pedorthics" and "National
Academy of Osteopathy" is making false claims it has been registered by
the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and can train and
certify pedorthists in Canada.
"We have received questions from pedorthic patients, members and
students about the misleading claims of this organization and need to
ensure the public understands CCPO & CCP are in no way affiliated with The College of Pedorthics of Canada nor are they recognized by the Ministry," said Geoff Powell, Registrar
and Executive Director, The College of Pedorthics of Canada. "Canadian Certified Pedorthists are accountable for upholding the
pedorthic profession to the highest patient standards. We institute
stringent guidelines to assure public safety but clearly these
assurances do not apply to practitioners who operate independently of
the College and Association."
Powell added, "In addition to the trademark infringement and
misrepresentation claims being addressed by our lawyers, we are
concerned that students who register with this organization are
mistakenly expecting to receive a recognized designation from The College of Pedorthics of Canada or the Pedorthic Association of Canada - which they will not. We are distraught thinking that the public may
unwittingly purchase custom orthotics from practitioners 'trained' by
this organization who do not have the proper training and could be
doing more harm than good."
"Currently there are more than 550 Canadian Certified Pedorthists
nation-wide," said Jonathan Strauss, Executive Director, Pedorthic Association of Canada. "All of them are governed by a Strict Code of Ethics and Standards
upheld by The College of Pedorthics of Canada. Any practitioner who has not received certification by the College
does not have to adhere to these strict Codes. Therefore, we are
working closely with the College to publicly shed light on this issue
to ensure patients' health is not compromised by an uncertified
practitioner, and that students looking to enter this profession
understand the training and education required to achieve proper
certification in Canada."
A complete list of Canadian Certified Pedorthists is available at http://www.cpedcs.ca/locate.htm
About Canadian Certified Pedorthists
Canadian Certified Pedorthists - C. Ped (C) - are foot orthotic and
orthopaedic footwear experts. They are one of the few healthcare
professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy, muscle
function and biomechanics. With specialized education and training in
foot orthotics and footwear, Canadian Certified Pedorthists help to
alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower
limbs and feet. As proud members of patients' healthcare teams,
Canadian Certified Pedorthists consult with patients based on a
referral from physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare
providers. For more information visit pedorthic.ca or www.cpedcs.ca.
About The College of Pedorthics of Canada
The College of Pedorthics of Canada is a national self regulatory body
whose primary purpose is to protect the Canadian public who receive
foot-related services from Certified Pedorthists.
We ensure that certified members are accountable to the highest
standards of practice through our certification of members and
facilities, the monitoring of continued competency and the enforcement
of ethical conduct.
SOURCE: Pedorthic Association of Canada
For further information:
Geoff Powell, Registrar & Executive Director
The College of Pedorthics of Canada
Jonathan Strauss, Executive Director
Pedorthic Association of Canada