World Medical Association (WMA)

Association médicale mondiale (AMM)
Asociación Médica Mundial (AMM)

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History

Founded 18 Sep 1947, Paris (France). Incorporated under the laws of the State of New York (USA), Aug 1965. Has also been referred to as Societas Mundi Medica and as World Federation of Doctors. Present Articles and Bylaws adopted at 32nd World Assembly, Nov 1978, Manila (Philippines). EU Transparency Register: 123501121461-08.

Aims

Serve humanity by endeavouring to achieve the highest international standards in medical education, medical science, medical art and medical ethics and health care for all; encourage growth of the medical profession and services.

Future Events

2019 Tbilisi, Georgia – General Assembly

Past Events(1)

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Activities

Events/meetings; certification/accreditation; training/education; standards/guidelines; research/documentation. Resolutions:

 • Resolution on North Korean Nuclear Testing, adopted 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Declaration of Oslo (Norway), adopted 1970, Oslo (Norway), (Statement on Therapeutic Abortion); revised: Oct 1983, Venice (Italy); Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Child Abuse and Neglect, adopted Oct 1984, Singapore (Singapore); revised: Sep 1989, Hong Kong; Oct 1990, Rancho Mirage CA (USA); Sep 1992, Marbella (Spain); Sep 1995, Bali (Indonesia); Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Resolution on the Abuse of Psychiatry, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Declaration of Hong Kong on the Abuse of the Elderly, adopted Sep 1989, Hong Kong; revised: May 1990, Jerusalem (Israel); May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Statement on Academic Sanctions or Boycotts, adopted Sep 1988, Vienna (Austria); revised May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Resolution on Combating HIV/AIDS, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Access to Health Care, adopted Sep 1988, Vienna; revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Medical Education, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Adolescent Suicide, adopted Nov 1991, Malta; revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Advance Directives (Living Wills), adopted 2003, Helsinki (Finland);

 • Statement on Patient Advocacy and Confidentiality, adopted Oct 1993, Budapest; revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Recommendation Condemning the Prohibition of Access of Women to Health Care and the Prohibition of Practice by Female Doctors in Afghanistan, adopted Nov 1997, Hamburg;

 • Resolution on the Provision of Health Care Service in Afghanistan, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Resolution on Women's Rights to Health Care and How that Relates to the Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Infection, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Resolution on Child Safety in Air Travel, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Alcohol and Road Safety, adopted Sep 1992, Marbella (Spain); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Reducing the Global Impact of Alcohol on Health and Society, adopted 2005; Santiago (Chile);

 • Statement on Animal Use in Biomedical Research, adopted Sep 1989, Hong Kong; revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Resistance to Antimicrobial Drugs, adopted Oct 1996, Somerset West (South Africa);

 • Statement on HIV/AIDS and the Medical Profession, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Regulations in Time of Armed Conflict, adopted Oct 1956, Havana (Cuba); edited Oct 1957, Istanbul (Turkey); revised: Oct 1983, Venice (Italy); 2004, Tokyo (Japan); May 2006, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Resolution on Medical Assistance in Air Travel, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Declaration of Madrid on Professional Autonomy and Self-Regulation, adopted Oct 1987, Madrid; revised May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Statement on the Physician's Role in Obesity, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Resolution On Tuberculosis, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Physicians and Public Health, adopted Sep 1995, Bali (Indonesia); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Declaration of Washington on Biological Weapons, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Declaration of Helsinki - Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects, adopted June 1964, Helsinki (Finland); revised: Oct 1975, Tokyo (Japan); Oct 1983, Venice (Italy); Sep 1989, Hong Kong; Oct 1996, Somerset West (South Africa); Oct 2000, Edinburgh (UK); 2002, Washington DC (USA); 2004, Tokyo (Japan);

 • Statement on Body Searches of Prisoners, adopted Oct 1993, Budapest; revised May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Recommendations Concerning Boxing, adopted Oct 1983, Venice (Italy); revised May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Resolution on Physician Participation in Capital Punishment, adopted Oct 1981, Lisbon (Portugal); revised Oct 2000, Edinburgh (UK);

 • Statement on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Declaration of Ottawa on the Right of the Child to Health Care, adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada);

 • International Code of Medical Ethics, adopted Oct 1949, London (UK); amended: Aug 1968, Sydney (Australia); Oct 1983, Venice (Italy); Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on the Relationship between Physicians and Commercial Enterprises, adopted 2004, Tokyo (Japan);

 • Resolution on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), adopted 2003, Helsinki (Finland);

 • Statement on Health Emergencies Communication and Coordination, adopted 2004, Tokyo (Japan);

 • Statement on Condemnation of Female Genital Mutilation, adopted Oct 1993, Budapest (Hungary); revised May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Statement on Family Planning and the Right of a Woman to Contraception, adopted Oct 1996, Somerset West (South Africa);

 • Declaration on Injury Control, adopted Oct 1990, Rancho Mirage CA (USA); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Genetics and Medicine, adopted 2005, Santiago (Chile);

 • Statement on the Licensing of Physicians Fleeing Prosecution for Serious Criminal Offences, adopted Nov 1997, Hamburg (Germany);

 • Resolution Concerning Dr Radovan Karadzic, adopted Oct 1996, Somerset West (South Africa);

 • Declaration of Tokyo - Guidelines for Medical Doctors Concerning Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in Relation to Detention and Imprisonment, adopted Oct 1975, Tokyo (Japan); revised: May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France); May 2006, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Declaration of Hamburg concerning support for Medical Doctors Refusing to Participate in, or to Condone, the Use of Torture or Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, adopted Nov 1997, Hamburg (Germany);

 • Declaration on Ethical Considerations Regarding Health Databases, adopted Oct 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Declaration on Death, adopted Aug 1968, Sydney (Australia); revised Oct 1983, Venice (Italy);

 • Declaration on the Role of Physicians in Environmental and Demographic Issues, adopted Sep 1988, Vienna (Austria); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Medical Ethics in the Event of Disasters, adopted Sep 1994, Stockholm (Sweden); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Drug Substitution, adopted 2005, Santiago (Chile);

 • Statement on the Responsibilities of Physicians in Preventing and Treating Opiate and Psychotropic Drug Abuse, adopted Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Resolution on Economic Embargoes and Health, adopted Nov 1997, Hamburg (Germany);

 • Statement on Water and Health, adopted 2004, Tokyo (Japan);

 • Resolution on the Inclusion of Medical Ethics and Human Rights in the Curriculum of Medical Schools Worldwide, adopted Oct 1999, Tel Aviv (Israel);

 • Resolution on the Designation of an Annual Medical Ethics Day, adopted 2003, Helsinki (Finland);

 • Statement on Ethical Issues Concerning Patients with Mental Illness, adopted Sep 1995, Bali (Indonesia); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Ethical Guidelines for the International Recruitment of Physicians, adopted 2003, Helsinki (Finland);

 • Declaration on Euthanasia, adopted Oct 1987, Madrid (Spain); revised May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Resolution on Euthanasia, adopted May 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Declaration on Family Violence, adopted Oct 1996, Somerset West (South Africa); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Resolution on Female Foeticide, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Statement on Non-Discrimination in Professional Membership and Activities of Physicians, adopted Oct 1995, Brussels (Belgium); revised May 2005, Divonne-les-Bains (France);

 • Statement on Freedom to attend Medical Meetings, adopted Oct 1984, Singapore (Singapore);

 • Statement on Genetic Counseling and Genetic Engineering, adopted Oct 1987, Madrid (Spain); revised 2005, Santiago (Chile);

 • Guidelines for Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care, adopted Nov 1997, Hamburg (Germany);

 • Resolution on the Hague Appeal for Peace 1999, adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada);

 • Statement on Health Hazards of Tobacco Products, adopted Sep 1988, Vienna (Austria); revised Nov 1997, Hamburg (Germany);

 • Statement on Health Promotion, adopted Sep 1995, Bali (Indonesia);

 • Statement on Weapons and their Relation to Life and Health, adopted Oct 1996, Somerset West (South Africa); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Statement on Violence and Health, adopted 2003, Helsinki (Finland);

 • Resolution on Improved Investment in Health Care, adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada);

 • Declaration on Principles of Health Care for Sports Medicine, adopted Oct 1981, Lisbon (Portugal); revised: Oct 1987, Madrid (Spain); Oct 1993, Budapest (Hungary); Oct 1999, Tel Aviv (Israel);

 • Proposal for a United Nations Rapporteur on the Independence and Integrity of Health Professionals, adopted Nov 1997, Hamburg (Germany);

 • Statement on Human Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, adopted Nov 2000, Edinburgh (UK); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Resolution on Reported Violations of Health Related Human Rights in Kosovo, adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada);

 • Resolution on the Responsibility of Physicians in the Denunciation of Acts of Torture or Cruel or Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Which they are Aware, adopted 2003, Helsinki (Finland);

 • Declaration on Hunger Strikers, adopted Nov 1991, Malta; revised: Sep 1992, Marbella (Spain); Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Declaration on Terminal Illness, adopted Oct 1983, Venice (Italy); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa) 2006;

 • Statement on Safe Injections in Health Care, initiated Oct 2001;

 • Statement on Traffic Injury, adopted Oct 1990, Rancho Mirage CA (USA); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Resolution Supporting The Ottawa Convention - Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada);

 • Statement on Medical Liability Reform, adopted 2005, Santiago (Chile):

 • Declaration on the Rights of the Patient, adopted Oct 1981, Lisbon (Portugal); revised: Sep 1995, Bali (Indonesia); Santiago (Chile) 2005;

 • Statement on Professional Responsibility for Standards of Medical Care, adopted Oct 1996, Somerset West (South Africa); revised Oct 2006, Pilanesberg (South Africa);

 • Resolution on Medical Care for Refugees, adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada);

 • Resolution on WFME Global Standards for Quality Improvement of Medical Education, adopted 2004, Tokyo (Japan);

 • Statement on Medical Process Patents, adopted Oct 1999, Tel Aviv (Israel);

 • Declaration on Medical Ethics and Advanced Medical Technology, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Statement on the Working Relationship between Physicians and Pharmacists in Medicinal Therapy, adopted Oct 1999, Tel Aviv (Israel):

 • Statement on Self-Medication, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Statement on Forensic Investigations of the Missing, adopted 2003, Helsinki (Finland);

 • Statement on Noise Pollution, adopted Sep 1992, Marbella (Spain);

 • Declaration on Nuclear Weapons, adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada);

 • Resolution on the Pan American Health Organization, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Declaration on Patient Safety, adopted 2002, Washington DC (USA);

 • Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide, adopted Sep 1992, Marbella (Spain); revised May 2005, Divonne-les Bains (France);

 • Declaration of Edinburgh on Prison Conditions and the Spread of Tuberculosis adopted Oct 2000, Edinburgh (UK);

 • Resolution on the Non-Commercialization of Human Reproductive Material, adopted 2003, Helsinki (Finland);

 • Resolution on The SIrUS Project: 'Towards a Determination of which Weapons Cause Superfluous Injury or Unnecessary Suffering', adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada);

 • Resolution on the Medical Workforce, adopted Oct 1998, Ottawa (Canada).

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 39 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 102 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

UIA Org ID

B3554

Last News Received

2016
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