Guideline: Development of a system for regulation of the physiotherapy profession

World Physiotherapy has produced this guideline to support its policy statement on regulation of the physiotherapy profession. It aims to assist World Physiotherapy member organisations in developing or reviewing systems of regulation including the preparation of legislation such as a Physiotherapy Practice Act. Physiotherapists may be regulated through legislation that includes licensing or registration by the profession, by an external regulatory authority, or in some countries by meeting the membership criteria for the professional organisation.1 World Physiotherapy recommends a separate Physiotherapy Act, however, if only a Health Professions Act is in place, it should explicitly include the regulation of physiotherapists.

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