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(225 ILCS 84/5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
Declaration of public policy.
The practice of orthotics and
prosthetics in the State of Illinois is an allied health profession with educational standards established by
the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The
practice of pedorthics in the State of Illinois is an allied health profession with educational standards established by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. The
increasing population of elderly and physically challenged individuals who need
orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic services requires that the orthotic,
prosthetic, and pedorthic professions be regulated to ensure the provision of
high-quality services and devices. The people of Illinois deserve the best
care available, and will benefit from the assurance of initial and ongoing
professional competence of the orthotists, prosthetists, and pedorthists
practicing in this State. The practice of orthotics, prosthetics, and
pedorthics serves to improve and enhance the lives of individuals with
disabilities by enabling them to resume productive lives following serious
illness, injury, or trauma. Unregulated dispensing of orthotic, prosthetic,
and pedorthic care does not adequately meet the needs or serve the
interests of the public. In keeping with State requirements imposed on similar
disciplines, licensure of the orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions
ensure the health and safety of consumers, as well as maximize their functional
and productivity levels. This Act shall be liberally construed to best carry
subjects and purposes.
(Source: P.A. 96-682, eff. 8-25-09