International Osteoporosis Foundation

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International Osteoporosis Foundation
MottoOur vision is a world without fragility fractures, in which healthy mobility is a reality for all
TypeNon-profit organization
Legal statusFoundation
HeadquartersNyon, Switzerland
Coordinates46°23′02.30″N 6°14′14.27″E / 46.3839722°N 6.2372972°E / 46.3839722; 6.2372972
Region served
Prof. Cyrus Cooper
Key people
Philippe Halbout (CEO)
Main organ
Board of Directors

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), headquartered in Nyon, Switzerland, is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998. It was formed from the merger of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis, founded in 1987, and the International Federation of Societies on Skeletal Diseases.[1] The foundation functions as a global alliance of individuals and organizations concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and musculoskeletal bone disease. The goal of the Foundation is to increase the early detection of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases, as well as to improve the treatment of these conditions through international collaboration among national healthcare systems and governments.[2] The Foundation is the largest global NGO dedicated to osteoporosis and musculoskeletal diseases.

Members of IOF are divided into a committee of 240 National Societies, a committee of 148 Scientific Advisors, and a committee of Corporate Advisors. Individuals may register as free or professional members via the IOF website. The current president of IOF is Professor Cyrus Cooper.[3][4]

IOF is a member of the Non Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance as of 2015[5].


IOF publishes the following journals:

World Osteoporosis Day[edit]

The International Osteoporosis Foundation organises the annual World Osteoporosis Day, observed internationally on October 20th [10]. The day is dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related diseases of bones, muscles and joints.[11][12]

Capture The Fracture[edit]

The Capture the Fracture® (CTF)[13] program was created by IOF in 2012 to promote secondary fracture prevention through best practice framework guidance and recognition of Fracture Liaison Services[14] around the World. 224 Fracture Liaisons Services (FLS) have been established in 35 countries as part of the CTF program. The Map of Best Practice[15], established as part of the CTF program, gives recognition to FLS by grading their level of service. The excellence obtained by the FLS is designated as gold, silver or bronze.

Scientific Working Groups[edit]

Members of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors address key subjects in 13 Scientific Working Groups[16], and publish consensus statements, position papers[17], reviews and guidelines. Topics currently being studied include adherence, bone and cancer, bone and diabetes, epidemiology/quality of life, fracture care and secondary fracture prevention, therapeutic targets, HR-pQCT High Resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computer Tomography, bone marker standards, chronic inflammation and bone structure, Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT), Sarcopenia and impaired mobility, and skeletal rare diseases.

Calcium Calculator[edit]

Calcium is essential for building and maintaining healthy bones at all ages. The IOF Calcium Calculator [18] is a simple calculator to enable individuals to assess whether they are consuming enough calcium as part of a regular diet.

IOF One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test[edit]

The IOF One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test[19] enables people to understand the status of bone health through a series of simple questions on family history and personal clinical risk factors.

IOF Global Patient Charter[edit]

Launched in March 2017 with a call for ‘No more broken bones’, the IOF Global Patient Charter[20], was developed in cooperation with osteoporosis patient societies worldwide. It seeks to drive global action for improved osteoporosis prevention and fracture patient care. The Charter calls on healthcare authorities to address the needs of millions of osteoporosis patients worldwide, who should have the right to diagnosis, care, involvement, and support.


The International Osteoporosis Foundation was established in 1998 with the merger of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis (EFFO) and the International Federation of Societies on Skeletal Diseases (IFSSD).[21] In 2008 IOF was granted Roster Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[22]

Since 2010, IOF and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) [23] jointly organize the annual World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO)[24]. The first WCO was held in 2000 in Chicago, Illinois and was formerly run by the IOF secretariat. Since 2010, there have been 11 WCO congresses organized in collaboration with ESCEO.

In addition to the annual WCO congress, IOF also hosts regional meetings and has organized 9 regional meetings since 2010 across Latin America, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific.[25]


  1. ^ Bonnick, Sydney Lou (2009). Bone Densitometry in Clinical Practice: Application and Interpretation. Current Clinical Practice Series (3rd ed.). Springer. p. 174. ISBN 978-1-60327-498-2.
  2. ^ Riester O’Connor, Carolyn (2009). Osteoporosis for Dummies. p. 390. ISBN 978-1-4429-2969-2.
  3. ^ "Board and Executive Committee". International Osteoporosis Foundation. 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  4. ^ "University of Southampton staff". University of Southampton. 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  5. ^ "List of NCD Alliance common interest group members". NCD Alliance. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  6. ^ "Osteoporosis International". Orthopedics. Springer. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  7. ^ "Archives of Osteoporosis". Orthopedics. Springer. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  8. ^ "Calcified Tissue International". Orthopedics. Springer. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  9. ^ "Progress in Osteoporosis". Orthopedics. International Osteoporosis Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  10. ^ "World Osteoporosis Day". 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  11. ^ "Duchess of Cornwall Marks World Osteoporosis Day". The Prince’s Charities. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  12. ^ "Report Released for World Osteoporosis Day". ABC News. 2006-10-19. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  13. ^ "Capture the Fracture". 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  14. ^ "Fracture Liaison Services". 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  15. ^ "CTF Map Of Best Practice". 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  16. ^ "IOF Scientific Working Groups". 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  17. ^ "IOF ARTICLES AND POSITION PAPERS". 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  18. ^ "Calcium Calculator". Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  19. ^ "1-minute risk Test". Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  20. ^ "IOF Global Patient Charter". Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  21. ^ "The Organization". International Osteoporosis Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  22. ^ "List of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council as of 18 September 2008" (PDF). United Nations.
  23. ^ "European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases".
  24. ^ "World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases".
  25. ^ "Meetings and Events | International Osteoporosis Foundation".

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