International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies Statutes and Regulations

Gottfried O.H. Naumann, Mark O.M. Tso, Bruce E. Spivey, Balder Gloor

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To provide an understanding of the structure, role, and responsibility of the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies, the International Council of Ophthalmology, and the International Congress of Ophthalmology. These established entities have recently codified their statutes and regulations and registered them in Zurich, Switzerland. METHODS: The International Council of Ophthalmology, which serves as the executive body of the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies, used historical operating documents to prepare the statutes and regulations, which were reviewed and adopted by the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies at the 28th International Congress of Ophthalmology in Amsterdam on June 23, 1998. RESULTS: The statutes and regulations of the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies, the International Council of Ophthalmology, and the International Congress of Ophthalmology are available to supranational ophthalmological organizations, national ophthalmological societies, other ophthalmological organizations, and individual ophthalmologists. CONCLUSIONS: The statutes and regulations of the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies, the International Council of Ophthalmology, and the International Congress of Ophthalmology provide a basis for an organizational structure in international ophthalmology. The International Congress of Ophthalmology, first held in 1857, is the longest continuing international meeting in medicine. The International Council of Ophthalmology was established in 1927, and the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies was formed in 1933. These organizations coordinate the International Congress of Ophthalmology, which convenes with the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies every 4 years. The International Council, as the executive body, meets annually. The International Council of Ophthalmology has for decades worked to coordinate and facilitate interchange, education, and standards in international ophthalmology. Currently, the International Council of Ophthalmology, working with other international organizations, is creating an international ophthalmology strategic plan, which includes focus on ophthalmic training, continuing education, advocacy for the preservation and restoration of vision, clinical guidelines, and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-231
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Volume130
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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