International Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (IFOS)
Fédération internationale des sociétés oto-rhino-laryngologiques
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1965 Tokyo Japan
Present Constitution and Bylaws adopted 23 May 1973, Venice (Italy); and revised: 14 Mar 1977, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Jun 1981, Budapest (Hungary); May 1985, Miami FL (USA); 3 Oct 2001, Cairo (Egypt); 2017, Paris (France).
Promote the advancement of oto-rhino-laryngology; encourage close international relations among otorhinolaryngologists and coordination among national member societies; represent ORL interests in other international organizations dedicated to prevention and control of diseases and disorders related to ORL or training of otorhinolaryngologists. Mission Statement: Identification of critical, global ORL care needs and communication disorders. Proposing ways to prevent and treat them and setting priorities to their impact on societies.
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General Assembly (every 4 years, at World Congress), consisting of delegates of member countries. Executive Committee, comprising 18 members (of whom at least one must be from each of the following continents: Europe, Africa and Middle East, South and West Asia, East Asia, Oceania, North America and Caribbean, Central and South America), plus President, Vice-President and General Secretary 'ex officio'. Ad Hoc Committees. Regional Secretaries (6) for: Africa and Middle-East; Central and South America; Europe; North America and Caribbean; South East Asia and Western Pacific/Oceania; South and Western Asia.
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