World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)

Founded in 1951, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is the sole international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 350,000 physical therapists worldwide through its 111 member organisations. The confederation operates as a non-profit organisation and is registered as a charity in the UK. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is a founding member of WCPT.

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

Every two years WCPT holds the profession’s largest international congress. The next WCPT Congress will be held in Cape Town 2nd – 4th July 2017.

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