EUROPEAN CHAPTER (Including Europe, Middle East and Africa).

During the year 2004, the IFSO-European Chapter was unofficially founded during several personal meetings of leading European bariatric surgeons. At the IFSO European Symposium in Prague in 2004, the main goals and future activities of the Chapter were formulated. The Chapter has subsequently been officially approved by the Executive Council of IFSO at the IFSO World Congress in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2005. IFSO-EC is an integral part of IFSO, acting in alignment with the bylaws and other official documents of IFSO.

IFSO European Chapter is a scientific organization composed of 31 national societies of bariatric surgeons at Europe, Middle East and Africa, bringing together surgeons and allied health professionals, such as nurse practitioners, dieticians, nutritionists, psychologists, internists and anesthesiologists, involved in the treatment of morbidly obese patients and the challenge of bariatric surgery.

Formation of this regional chapter will help having IFSO meetings in this part of the world and hence new researches and findings would surface.

IFSO EC has been mainly a professional organization, with the goal to support its members in aspects directly related to their profession. Its main activity is currently the organization and coordination of broad European bariatric scientific activities, such as European bariatric congresses, national meetings, etc., which provides a forum to exchange knowledge on surgical treatment of severely obese patients, to present new techniques, research and concepts, and to meet the experts in the field.