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About the IPOS Federation

The objective of the IPOS Federation is to represent psycho-oncology, world-wide, speaking compellingly in a unified voice the message that all cancer patients and their families throughout the world should receive optimal psychosocial care at all stages of disease and survivorship.

National psychosocial oncology societies around the world may apply to join the Federation by completing the IPOS Federation Membership Application. Please refer to the Federated Society Member Benefits.

Federation History

In September 2007, the IPOS Board of Directors and participants in the meeting of national societies agreed to establish an IPOS Federation of Psycho-Oncology Societies. By unanimous approval of the IPOS Board of Directors on 15 May 2008 and by subsequent approval of the membership on 11 June 2008, the IPOS Federation Board has been created as a Standing Committee of IPOS, pursuant to Article VI, Section 1 of the Constitution (revised 19 September 2007). The President of each qualified society is provided a seat on the Federation Board. Eligibility and criteria for membership is set forth in the Federation Policy Statement, which may be amended from time to time. View the 2009 Policy Addendum.

The first meeting of the Federation Board was hosted at the 10th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, 13 June 2008. The meeting included representatives from 26 countries and was chaired by IPOS immediate past President, Professor Luigi Grassi. Links to Federation member societies shall be provided below and resources shall be made available as presented. Visit this page often for information as it develops.

On behalf of the Federation, Professor Grassi and IPOS Past President, Maggie Watson, have published an editorial in the journal Psycho-Oncology entitled, “Psychosocial care in cancer: an overview of psychosocial programmes and national cancer plans of countries within the International Federation of Psycho-Oncology Societies.

Report: Disparities in psychosocial cancer care: a report from the International Federation of Psycho‐oncology Societies

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Guidelines, Standards, Accreditation and Training

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