International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies (IFOS)

Fédération internationale des sociétés d'ophtalmologie
Federación Internacional de Sociedades de Oftalmologia
Internationaler Bund der Gesellschaften für Augenheilkunde

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1933 Madrid Spain


Founded at 14th S-XS0021 - World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC).

Statutes adopted 3 Dec 1962, Delhi (India), modified: 18 May 1974, Paris (France); 4 Nov 1982, San Francisco CA (USA); May 1987, Barcelona (Spain); Sep 1989, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); 23 Jun 1998, Amsterdam (Netherlands); 22 Apr 2002, Sydney (Australia); 23 Oct 2004, New Orleans LA (USA); 21 Feb 2006, Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Ceased to exist, when integrated into B-XD7365 - International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), 27 Jun 2008.


Promote the science of ophthalmology among all peoples and nations, with special emphasis on raising the level of ophthalmic education in developing countries; ensure functional cooperation between representative ophthalmological societies of different countries and the various international bodies concerned with organization of educational, scientific and cultural matters.


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General Assembly (every 4 years, at Congress), consisting of one delegate of each member society. B-XD7365 - International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) is IFOS executive body, meeting with delegates at Congress. Council, comprising Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary-General and Treasurer), ex-officio members, Ordinary members (including Program Directors) and Honorary Life members. Executive Committee, comprising President, Vice-President, Secretary General, Treasurer and selected others. National ophthalmological societies appoint IFOS representatives. Meetings closed.


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