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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History

1933, Madrid (Spain), at 14th International Congress of Ophthalmology. Previously sometimes referred to by Latin title Federatio Ophthalmologica. 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 June 1998, Amsterdam (Netherlands); 22 Apr 2002, Sydney (Australia); 23 Oct 2004, New Orleans LA (USA); 21 Feb 2006, Sao Paulo (Brazil). Registered in accordance with the Swiss Civil Code. Ceased to exist, when integrated into International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), 27 June 2008.

Aims

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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Activities

International Council: initiates and supervises arrangements for international congresses; presents awards; creates assessment examinations for young ophthalmologists; awards fellowships; designs curricula for all types of eye care providers; writes clinical guidelines; provides educational progress to ophthalmologists in training and trained ophthalmologist. Committees study relevant problems of international interest, including nomenclature of eye diseases and symptoms, standardization of functional eye examinations and, especially, standards of sight.

Structure

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Languages

English.

Staff

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Financing

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Consultative Status

World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations).

Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 11 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 101 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Medicine
    • Eyesight

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

UIA Org ID

B1967

Last News Received

2009
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