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); June 1981, Budapest (Hungary); May 1985, Miami FL (USA); 3 Oct 2001, Cairo (Egypt). Registered in accordance with Slovakian law.


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.

Future Events

2021 Vancouver BC, Canada – Quadrennial Congress

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Ad Hoc Committees: Rhinology and Allergy; Oncology and Head and Neck Surgery; Otology, Neuro-Otology; Neuro-Otology and Skull Base Surgery; Laryngology and Broncho-Oesophology; Phoniatrics and Audiology; Paediatric Otolaryngology; Equilibrium. Instrumental in setting up: Hearing International; IFOS Standing Committee for Audiovisual Education (AVEC-IFOS); Pan African Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (PAFOS).


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World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 15 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 100 countries
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  • Medicine
    • Ear
    • Nose
    • Lungs, Throat

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