World Health Organization

The Osteopathic International Alliance is the voice of the global osteopathic profession within the World Health Organization (WHO), having been admitted into official relations with the WHO as a non-governmental organization in February 2018. In 2021 and again in 2024, the WHO Executive Board renewed the OIA’s official relations status.

Since our establishment in 2003 we have maintained an active program of work with WHO, including the Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy, developing a global Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology, supporting WHO policies and programs, advising on matters relative to the osteopathic profession, and participating in annual and other meetings.

A timeline of our collaborations with WHO can be found below: