In our mission to improve bone health, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) partners with national societies and international organizations from around the world.

IOF has cooperated with many non governmental  organizations, including: International Alliance of Patients Organizations (IAPO), the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH), the European Federation of Orthopedic Surgeons and Traumatologists (EFORT), European Society of Skeletal Radiologists (ESSR), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), International Society for Fracture Repair (ISFR); International Society for Clinical Densitometry; International Federation of Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine.

Other significant partners included:

World Health Organization

World Health Organization (WHO) logoOsteoporosis was formally identified as a disease by the WHO in 1994, resulting in the publication of Assessment of Fracture Risk and its Application to Screening for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis (WHO Technical Report Series 843). EFFO (which merged with the IFSSD in 1998 to become IOF) provided technical and financial support for this study.

Since that time, the International Osteoporosis Foundation has enjoyed a long-standing working relationship with WHO on bone health issues, including consultation on WHO technical reports.

European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis

European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osetoarthritis (ESCEO) logoThe European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to a close interaction between clinical scientists dealing with rheumatic disorders, pharmaceutical industry developing new compounds in this field, regulators responsible for the registration of such drugs and health policy makers.

The objective of ESCEO is to provide practitioners with the latest clinical and economic information, allowing them to organize their daily practice, in an evidence-based medicine perspective, with a cost-conscious perception. For information on the joint osteoporosis congresses organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and ESCEO visit Conferences & Events.

Bone and Joint Decade

Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) logoBone and Joint Decade (BJD) from 2000-2010 worked to improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal disorders by raising awareness, empowering patients to participate in their health care, promoting cost-effective treatment, and acquiring research funding. The BJD Steering Committee represented osteoporosis patient groups as well as orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists and specialists in rehabilitation medicine.