World Federation of Chiropractic

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World Federation of Chiropractic
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Abbreviation WFC
Formation 1987
Dr. Dennis Richards,  Australia

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 Dr. Gary Auerbach, DC,[10] of Tucson, AZ, in consultation with Mr. David Chapman-Smith,a barrister practicing in Toronto, Canada.

The Federation today represents virtually every national chiropractic association in the world; now numbering some 90 Countries.[11] The offices of the WFC are under the direction of David Chapman-Smith, who has served as Secretary-general of the WFC since its founding.[12][13]


President Country of Origin Term of Service
Dr. Gary Auerbach  United States 1989–1992
Dr. Christoph Diem   Switzerland 1992–1995
Dr. John Sweaney  Australia 1995–1998
Dr. Louis Sportelli  United States 1998–2000
Dr. Bruce Vaughn  Hong Kong 2000–2002
Dr. Paul Carey  Canada 2002–2004
Dr. Anthony Metcalfe  United Kingdom 2004–2006
Dr. Gerard Clum  United States 2006–2008
Dr. Efstathios Papadopolous  Cyprus 2008–2010
Dr. J. Michael Flynn  United States 2010–2012
Dr. Dennis Richards  Australia 2012–present


The WFC is in formal 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]


The WFC's offices also provides administrative services for the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS).


  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". Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  4. ^ Haldeman, S (2005). Principles and Practice of Chiropractic (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 112. 
  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]
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  15. ^ a b c Dynamic Chiropractic – 15 (04). February 10, 1997  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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