World Federation of Chiropractic

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World Federation of Chiropractic
Carlos Ayres

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) (French: La Fédération Mondiale de Chiropratique (FMC); Spanish: La Federación Mundial de Quiropráctica (FMQ)) is an international consulting body representing chiropractic to the international health care community.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


In September 1987, at a World Chiropractic Summit convened by the European Chiropractors' Union[7] in London, England. There was agreement that a President's Committee be formed to inquire into, and report upon, the formation of a world federation representing national chiropractic associations. The President's Committee reported, and the World Federation of Chiropractic was established in Sydney, Australia on October 2, 1988[8] at a World Chiropractic Congress[9] organized by the Chiropractors' Association of Australia. It was initially conceived by Gary Auerbach[10] of Tucson, Arizona, in consultation with David Chapman-Smith, a barrister practicing in Toronto, Canada.

The Federation today represents virtually every national chiropractic association in the world; now numbering nearly 90 Countries.[11] The offices of the WFC are under the direction of Richard Brown, who has served as Secretary-General of the WFC since 2015.[12][13]


President Country of Origin Term of Service
Gary Auerbach  United States 1989–1992
Christoph Diem  Switzerland 1992–1995
John Sweaney  Australia 1995–1998
Louis Sportelli  United States 1998–2000
Bruce Vaughn  Hong Kong 2000–2002
Paul Carey  Canada 2002–2004
Anthony Metcalfe  United Kingdom 2004–2006
Gerard Clum  United States 2006–2008
Efstathios Papadopolous  Cyprus 2008–2010
J. Michael Flynn  United States 2010–2012
Dennis Richards  Australia 2012–2014
Greg Stewart  Canada 2014–2016
Espen Johannessen  Norway 2016–2018
Laurie Tassell  Australia 2018–2019
Vivian Kil  Netherlands 2019-2020


The WFC is in official relations as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the World Health Organization.[14] It achieved full formal relations status in 1997, after strong support from the World Federation of Neurology[15] World Federation of Public Health Associations,[15] and the International Council of Nurses.[15] The WFC is also an Associate Member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).[16]



  1. ^ Online Dictionary Listing
  2. ^ ^Chapman-Smith, David; Cleveland, Carl (2005). "International Status, Standards, And Education Of The Chiropractic Profession". in Haldeman, Scott. Principles and practice of Chiropractic. McGraw-Hill. p. 111. ISBN 0-07-137534-1
  3. ^ "World Federation of Chiropractic – The Who, What, Why, Where and How". July 24, 2000. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Haldeman, S (2005). Principles and Practice of Chiropractic (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 112. ISBN 9780071375344.
  5. ^ Taylor, R: "Family medicine: principles and practice", Springer, 2003, Page 1104 [ISBN 0387954007, ISBN 978-0-387-95400-4]
  6. ^ Rekel, D: Complementary medicine in clinical practice: integrative practice in ..., Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2005 [ISBN 0763730653, ISBN 978-0-7637-3065-9]
  7. ^ "The European Chiropractors' Union". Archived from the original on May 15, 2007.
  8. ^ "The First Congress of the World Federation of Chiropractic... Be a Part of It". March 1991.
  9. ^ "Country Report". Archived from the original on March 14, 2004.
  10. ^ "Gary Auerbach: Platinum Photography Resume".
  11. ^ "The World Federation of Chiropractic".
  12. ^ "The World Federation of Chiropractic".
  13. ^ "The World Federation of Chiropractic".
  14. ^ [1] [Pg. 6]
  15. ^ a b c "WHO Establishes Official Relations with the Chiropractic Profession". Dynamic Chiropractic. 15 (4). February 10, 1997.

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