International Federation of Fertility Societies
International co-operation and dialogue in the field of fertility and sterility can be said to have truly commenced in 1951 in Rio de Janeiro with the formation of the International Fertility Association (IFA). Eminent scientists from various parts of the world became members and triennial World Conferences in Fertility and Sterility were organized, the first in New York, USA, in May, 1953. This was followed by Naples, Italy in 1955, Vienna, Austria in 1959, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1962. In 1965, the Fifth World Conference was proposed in Madrid but was not feasible due to local problems and hence the Fifth World Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1966.
At the Sixth World Conference held in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1968, the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) was born. The International Fertility Association remained as an affiliate to represent members with no national society. A constitution and by-laws were drawn up and remain today to govern the actions of IFFS.
Membership has grown and at present, over sixty National Fertility Societies are affiliated. It is estimated over 50,000 specialists worldwide concerned in the areas of fertility and sterility are brought together under one umbrella organization.
Objectives of IFFS:
- To stimulate basic and applied research and the dissemination of knowledge in all aspects of reproduction and fertility.
- To stimulate the creation of societies for basic and applied work in the field of reproduction and fertility.
- To contribute to the standardisation of terminology and evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the field of reproduction.
- To hold at regular intervals, World Congresses, each successively in a different country. To promote, on request, regional or national congresses organised by affiliated societies. Where possible, to help co-ordinate the dates of conferences which are relevant to the field of reproduction.
- To represent affiliated societies whenever joint scientific action is appropriate.
- To establish and maintain relations with other organizations and to promote activities which further the objectives of the Federation.