Institutional Partners

In our mission to improve musculoskeletal health, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) partners with member national societies and non-member international organizations from around the world.

IOF is a member of the NCD Alliance (NCDA) Supporters Consultation Group (SCG).

It has also cooperated or partnered with many non governmental  organizations, including: International Alliance of Patients Organizations (IAPO), the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH), the European Federation of Orthopedic Surgeons and Traumatologists (EFORT), European Society of Skeletal Radiologists (ESSR), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), International Society for Fracture Repair (ISFR); International Society for Clinical Densitometry; International Federation of Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine, and the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) from 2000-2010.

Other significant partners included:

Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance

The Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance is a civil society network uniting 2,000 federation associations, civil society organizations, scientific and professional associations, academic and research institutions to improve NCD prevention and control in more than 170 countries worldwide. The NCD Alliance works to drive the NCD agenda forward, as a thought leader on policy and practice, a convener of civil society movement, a partner to governments and an advocate for people at risk of or living with NCDs. By working together from the global to the local level in an alliance representing nearly 900 national member associations, the Alliance brings a united voice to the global campaign for non-communicable diseases.

IOF is an active member of the NCD Alliance Supporters Group and we continue to see the integration of NCDs as a priority in global, regional and national health and development planning and implementation.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization (WHO) logoOsteoporosis was formally identified as a disease by the WHO in 1994, resulting in the publication of Assessment of Fracture Risk and its Application to Screening for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis (WHO Technical Report Series 843). EFFO (which merged with the IFSSD in 1998 to become IOF) provided technical and financial support for this study.

Since that time, the International Osteoporosis Foundation has enjoyed a long-standing working relationship with WHO on bone health issues, including consultation on WHO technical reports.

European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis


European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osetoarthritis (ESCEO) logoThe European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to a close interaction between clinical scientists dealing with rheumatic disorders, pharmaceutical industry developing new compounds in this field, regulators responsible for the registration of such drugs and health policy makers.

The objective of ESCEO is to provide practitioners with the latest clinical and economic information, allowing them to organize their daily practice, in an evidence-based medicine perspective, with a cost-conscious perception. For information on the joint osteoporosis congresses organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and ESCEO visit Conferences & Events.