WHO Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotics. Part 2: Implementation Manual
(2017; 112 pages) [French]


This document provides a set of standards and a manual for implementation to support countries in developing or improving high-quality, affordable prosthetics and orthotics services. It brings promise, by ensuring that everyone in need, everywhere, has access to prostheses and orthoses: that no one is left behind. Its aim is to ensure that prosthetics and orthotics services are people-centred and responsive to every individual’s personal and environmental needs.

WHO, in partnership with the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has prepared global standards and an implementation manual to assist Member States in setting up, improving or transforming their systems for delivering these services. With these standards, any government can develop national policies, plans and programmes for prosthetics and orthotics services of the highest standard.

This document has two parts: the standards and an implementation manual. Both parts cover four areas of the health system:

  • policy (governance, financing and information);
  • products (prostheses and orthoses);
  • personnel (workforce); and
  • provision of services.

The Introduction outlines the scope and purpose of the document and describes the importance of ensuring access to prosthetics and orthotics services for people with physical impairments or functional limitations in order to respect their human rights and allow them to achieve mobility and dexterity and participate in society.

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