The International Osteoporosis Foundation: history, objectives and achievements

  • C. CooperEmail author
  • R. Rizzoli
  • J.-Y. Reginster
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The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is an international nongovernmental organisation that is registered in Nyon, Switzerland. A 21-member Board manages the Foundation with input from three committees:
  1. (1)

    the Committee of National Societies with 128 patient, scientific and medical societies from 89 countries, representing 80% of the world population;

  2. (2)

    the Committee of Scientific Advisers, comprising 87 researchers and health professions:

  3. (3)

    the Committee of Corporate Advisers that represents 35 companies committed to the global battle against osteoporosis.


The IOF traces its roots to its predecessor organisations, the European Foundation for Osteoporosis (EFFO), created in 1987, and the International Federation of Societies on Skeletal Diseases (IFSSD), established in 1995.

Recognising the need for a single global organisation that pooled together scientists, doctors, the patient society movement and corporate partners, the governing bodies of EFFO and IFSSD...


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© International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MRC Epidemiology Resource CentreUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Norman Collisson Chair of Musculoskeletal ScienceUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Service of Bone Diseases, WHO Collaborating Centre for Osteoporosis PreventionGeneva University HospitalsGenevaSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Public Health SciencesUniversity of LiegeLiegeBelgium

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