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(operating as 15Square)
15Square logo.png
Founded 1994
Founder Dr. John Warren
Type Health education charity
Registration no. 1072831
Focus Genital health, with a particular focus on matters concerning the foreskin
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Dr. John Warren, chairman

NORM-UK, currently operating as 15Square, is an English-registered charity concerned with the health of the human genitals, with a particular focus on the foreskin and the avoidance of unnecessary circumcision. It provides information about conservative treatments for conditions such as phimosis and frenulum breve, as well as advice regarding foreskin restoration for circumcised males. It also hosts and participates in conferences and symposia about genital health and integrity.

The charity co-operates, but is not affiliated, with other non-profit organisations, and it is a member of the International Coalition for Genital Integrity.

History and mission[edit]

NORM-UK was founded in 1994 by English physician Dr. John Warren. The original aim was to provide information to circumcised men about non-surgical foreskin restoration methods. The organisation quickly expanded its mission to provide information about all aspects of health related to the foreskin, penis, and genital area.[1]

It is independent of any other organisation and it is regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. It is registered with charity number 1072831 and with the stated objective: To advance the education of the public in all matters relating to circumcision and other forms of surgical alteration of the genitals including alternative treatments and offering information and advice on such matters.[2]

Female genital mutilation, which is illegal in the United Kingdom, is also a concern of the charity.[1]

The organisation currently trades under the name 15Square. If unfolded and laid out flat, a typical adult's foreskin would measure about 15 square inches.


15Square publishes a quarterly journal, 15 Squared. The charity also publishes a number of pamphlets covering a range of issues such as care of an infant's foreskin, phimosis and tightness of the foreskin in general, and alternatives to circumcision as a remedy. 15Square's vice-chairman, Dr. Peter Ball, also produced a video, Restoration in Focus.

Office and personnel[edit]

The organisation's office is located in Stone, Staffordshire. David Smith serves as general manager and is the charity's only paid employee.[3] There are also a number of volunteers who work in the office and remotely.

The board of trustees includes founder Dr. John Warren (chairman), Dr. Peter Ball (vice-chairman), Margaret Green (treasurer) and John Dalton (lead researcher and archivist).

The actor Alan Cumming[4][5] and scientist Jack Cohen[6] serve as patrons of the charity. The late Brian Sewell, art critic and writer, was also a patron.[7]

See also[edit]


  • Milos, Marilyn Fayre; Denniston, George C.; Hodges, Frederick Mansfield (1999). Male and female circumcision: medical, legal, and ethical considerations in pediatric practice. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. ISBN 0-306-46131-5. 
  1. ^ a b Warren, John. "Aims of NORM-UK". NORM-UK. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Extract from the Central Register of Charities maintained by the Charity Commission for England and Wales". Charity Commission. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Richard (2005-10-29). "Sore point". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Film Star Wants the Foreskin to be with you". NORM-UK. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  5. ^ Mills, Simon (2007-11-04). "Cutting comments: the foreskin debate". The Times. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  6. ^ "NORM-UK welcomes Professor Jack Cohen". NORM-UK. 2009-09-14. Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  7. ^ Jerome Burne (2004-09-28). "The cruellest cut of all". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 

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