The purpose of the World Federation of Orthodontists is to advance the art and science of orthodontics throughout the world. As stated in the WFO Bylaws, the WFO purpose will be accomplished by fulfilling the following objectives:
- Encourage high standards in orthodontics throughout the world;
- Encourage and assist in the formation of national associations or societies of orthodontists when requested;
- Encourage and assist in the formation of national and regional certifying specialty boards in the field of orthodontics when requested;
- Promote orthodontic research;
- Disseminate scientific information;
- Promote desirable standards of training and certification for orthodontists;
- Organize the International Orthodontic Congress to be held at least once every five years.
The World Federation of Orthodontists was formed at the 4th International Orthodontic Congress (IOC) in San Francisco by 69 organizations from 62 countries on May 15, 1995. The World Federation of Orthodontists now consists of 114 affiliated organizations and over 9000 orthodontists from 112 countries who have become World Federation of Orthodontists fellows. World Federation of Orthodontists fellows receive the WFO Gazette two times per year and other benefits of membership which include: international orthodontic specialty recognition, reduced attendance fees at national and regional orthodontic meetings throughout the world, a subscription to the World Journal of Orthodontics, and inclusion in the electronic WFO International Orthodontic Directory (the most complete directory of world-wide orthodontic specialists).
The World Federation of Orthodontists holds its International Orthodontic Congress once every five years, and now has the pleasure in inviting its members to this momentous event in Yokohama, Japan, in October 2020.
To join the WFO please visit the following website and download the relevant application forms: