Terms of Reference

Step One

Profession-Specific Membership Endorsement Committees



To ensure the development of a clear and reliable process to determine the criteria for membership in the Spine Therapy Network.


It is recognized that each profession may play a different role in the care of the spine patient.  As such, education, skillsets and credentials will be profession-specific and some will be common between disciplines.

Establishing Profession-Specific Membership Endorsement Committees

STN has established a three step process  for identifying the credentials required to qualify for membership.  This document addresses Step One in the process.

Step One is now complete in the Establishment of profession-specific membership endorsement committees  and their Criteria for membership for:

Identifying Members for Profession-Specific Membership Endorsement Committees

Both task forces will consist of members who are highly-regarded in their profession’s spine therapy community.  These members will be identified by the STN Founders in conjunction with the professional associations  and partnership alliance institutions  relating to their profession. The members of the committees will be appointed by the Founders.

The list of potential committee members will be selected to ensure representation using the following criteria:

  • Academic qualifications in spine care education
  • Awareness of a large scope of educational processes within their profession
  • Educators in spine therapy
  • Key Opinion leaders in the spine community
  • Highly-regarded members of the spine therapy community
  • Treating spine therapists
  • Ability to work with other therapists in their discipline as well as interdisciplinary therapists

Governance of Profession-Specific Membership Endorsement Committees

The committee will consist of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 members.  A minimum of one of the founding members will sit on each committee.
  • A quorum will consist of 3 members.
  • The committee will be chaired by one of the founding members.
  • Decisions will be made by consensus. If consensus cannot be achieved on a criterion this should be noted in the final report.
The chair will present the final report to the Scientific Advisory Council for comment and discussion.

Overview of Scope for Step One of the Profession-Specific Membership Endorsement Committees

  • The initial two committees will be struck for the physiotherapy and chiropractic communities as it is believed that processes exist within these professions, which already identify a therapist with advanced knowledge in conservative spine care.
  • The committee members will identify and review existing credentials, education and skillsets, which can be used to identify a candidate as meeting the requirements for endorsement by the Spine Therapy Network. The scope of Step One will be limited to degenerative spine conditions. Once these criteria have been identified, therapists fulfilling these criteria will be accepted when they apply to join the STN.
  • These profession specific task forces will record the criteria used to identify a spine therapist as well as any gaps that have limited the moving forward of a credentialing program for recommendation. This criteria will be used to assist the Interdisciplinary Membership Endorsement Committee in developing broader guidelines and to assist potential partnership alliances in having their members qualify for STN membership.

Specifics of Scope for Step-one of the Profession-Specific Membership Endorsement Committees

  • To identify existing educational and credentialing organizations which provide skill sets for spine therapists in relation to degenerative spine conditions
  • To determine the components of these educational programs which will be used in Step Two and Three of the Membership Endorsement process.
  •  To review the feedback from the Scientific Advisory Council regarding Membership Endorsement in STN .
  • To review and recommend changes to improve the documents  developed to identify profession specific skill sets
  • To make recommendations which can be shared with partnership alliances in relation to gaps in their education program to assist their members in meeting the criteria for membership in STN
  • To prepare a report which will be presented by the Committee chair to the Scientific Advisory Council for endorsement
  • To meet periodically to review and update these criteria as changes occur in the spine therapy community
  • To be a resource to the STN Founders and Scientific Advisory Council