International Continence Society

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International Continence Society
Formation 1971
Type NGO
Purpose To represent the many disciplines covering the lower urinary tract and urodynamics
Headquarters Bristol, UK
Region served

The International Continence Society (ICS) is a registered UK charity and international society of medical professionals, interested in the study and treatment of incontinence including urinary and fecal incontinence. Its membership is multi-disciplinary, some of the fields covered being urology, gynaecology, neurology, physiotherapy, and nursing.

The official journal of the ICS is the Journal of Neurourology and Urodynamics, published as six bi-monthly issues.

The ICS Annual Meeting attracts over 3,000 delegates, with recent locations being Rio de Janeiro 2014, Barcelona 2013, Beijing 2012, Glasgow 2011, Toronto 2010, San Francisco 2009, Cairo 2008, Rotterdam 2007, Christchurch 2006, Montreal 2005, Paris 2004, Florence 2003, Heidelberg 2002 and Seoul 2001.

The ICS has 13 committees covering different disciplines and areas of incontinence which work on projects relating to the committees purpose:

  • Education Committee
  • Scientific Committee
  • Nursing Committee
  • Physiotherapy Committee
  • Fistula Committee
  • Neurourology Promotion Committee
  • Urodynamics Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Publications and Communications Committee
  • Continence Promotion Committee
  • Children and Young Adults Committee
  • Standardization Steering Committee
  • Meetings Committee

World Continence Week[edit]

The ICS Continence Promotion Committee initiated World Continence Day at the ICS annual meeting in Cairo, 2008,[1] which then became World Continence Week in 2009,[2] to promote awareness of continence and remove the stigma attached to the issue.[3] It is held in the last full week of June each year, in which medical professionals who work within the field of incontinence hold public events to inform he general public on the subject of incontinence with the aim of raise awareness about incontinence related issues, and inform the public of where they can seek help.[4]

World Continence week is now observed in over 24 countries worldwide including South Korea, China, Singapore, Poland, Slovakia, New Zealand,[5] Germany, Canada,[6] America,[7] the UK,[8] Australia.[9]


  1. ^ "Society for Continence (Singapore) :: History Expanded: 2000-2009". Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  2. ^ Ilie, CP; Chancellor, MB (2010). "Emerging Therapies for Incontinence". Rev Urol. 12: 44–51. PMC 2859141Freely accessible. PMID 20428293. 
  3. ^ "World Federation of Incontinent Patients - European Guidelines on Urinary Incontinence". Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  4. ^ "ICS Continence Promotion Committee". Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Pelvic Floor Strengthening - Lisa Yates, Fiona Ross, Filifit". Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived June 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "World Continence Week-USA". World Continence Week-USA. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  8. ^ "WCW". Bladder and Bowel Foundation. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  9. ^ "World Continence Week 24-30 June 2012 · Continence Foundation of Australia". 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 

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