Since January 31, 2013 «BVMT-ABTM» and «BWMT» join together under the name «MATHERA.be - Manual Therapy Association Belgium». End of 2012 an obvious majority of BWMT-members agree to merger by acquisition between BVMT-ABTM and BWMT. During a special general meeting of BVMT-ABTM on 31/01/2013 a 2/3 majority by the members approved this merger association. MATHERA.be from then continues (the task from BVMT-ABTM) as IFOMPT-member organisation for Belgium.
The new professional association is aimed at the students and the university graduates in manual therapy of the KU Leuven, UC Louvain, UGent, U Luik and VU Brussel. She is open to any manual therapist with a diploma or certificate from a IFOMPT-approved training. In Belgium every university trained manual therapist meets to the international standards of the IFOMPT (International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists), which is a subgroup of WCPT (World Confederation for Physical Therapy), the world physical therapists organization recognized by WHO.
By combining the two organizations - each with over 20 years of experience - and the inclusion of all university graduated manual therapists of both Flanders and Wallonia (first graduates are expected in 2014), MATHERA.be is a powerful group which defend with high priority, both nationally and internationally, the interests of manual therapy in general and the scientific seriousness and professional pride of every manual therapist particularly. The Board of the association is composed with former boardmembers of BVMT-ABTM and BWMT and also delegates from each Belgian university where manual therapy is taught.