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World Federation of Chiropractic

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World Federation of Chiropractic
Foundation 1987
Location Toronto
Country Canada
President Dr. Dennis Richards 22-Flag of Australia.png Australia
Website World Federation of Chiropractic

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is an international consulting body representing chiropractic to the international health care community. [1][2] [3][4][5][6]
French: La Fédération mondiale de Chiropratique (FMC)
Spanish: La Federación Mundial de Quiropráctica (FMQ)


In September 1987, at a World Chiropractic Summit convened by the European Chiropractors' Union[7] in London, England. There was agreement that a President's Committee be formed to inquire into, and report upon, the formation of a world federation representing national chiropractic associations. The President's Committee reported, and the World Federation of Chiropractic was established in Sydney, Australia on October 2, 1988[8] at a World Chiropractic Congress [9] organized by the Chiropractor's Association of Australia. It was initially conceived by Dr. Gary Auerbach, DC, [10] of Tucson, AZ, in consultation with Mr. David Chapman-Smith, a barrister practicing in Toronto, Canada.

The Federation today represents virtually every national chiropractic association in the world; now numbering some 90 Countries[11]. The offices of the WFC are under the direction of David Chapman-Smith, who has served as Secretary-general of the WFC since its founding.[12][13]


President Country of Origin Term of Service
Dr. Gary Auerbach Flag usa.gif United States 1989-1992
Dr. Christoph Diem Flag switzerland.gif Switzerland 1992-1995
Dr John Sweaney 22-Flag of Australia.png Australia 1995-1998
Dr. Louis Sportelli Flag usa.gif United States 1998-2000
Dr. Bruce Vaughan Flag hong kong sar china.gif Hong Kong (SAR) 2000-2002
Dr. Paul Carey Flag of Canada.png Canada 2002-2004
Dr. Anthony Metcalfe Flag of United Kingdom.gif United Kingdom 2004-2006
Dr. Gerard Clum Flag usa.gif United States 2006-2008
Dr. Efstathios Papadopolous Flag cyprus.gif Cyprus 2008-2010
Dr. J. Michael Flynn Flag usa.gif United States 2010-2012
Dr. Dennis Richards 22-Flag of Australia.png Australia 2012-Present


The WFC is in formal relations as a non-governmental organization (NGB) with the World Health Organization.[14] It achieved full formal relations status around 1993, after strong support from the World Federation of Neurology [15]World Federation of Health Associations [15], and the International Council of Nurses [15]. The WFC is also an Associate Member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).[16]


The WFC's offices also provides administrative services for the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS).


  1. Online Dictionary Listing
  2. ^Chapman-Smith, David; Cleveland, Carl (2005). "International Status, Standards, And Education Of The Chiropractic Profession". in Haldeman, Scott. Principles and practice of Chiropractic. McGraw-Hill. p. 111. ISBN 0071375341
  3. "World Federation of Chiropractic - The Who, What, Why, Where and How". Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  4. Haldeman, S (2005). Principles and Practice of Chiropractic (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 112. 
  5. Taylor, R: "Family medicine: principles and practice", Springer, 2003, Page 1104 [ISBN 0387954007, 9780387954004]
  6. Rekel, D: "Complementary medicine in clinical practice: integrative practice in ..."", Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2005 [ISBN 0763730653, 9780763730659]
  14. [Pg. 6]
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Dynamic Chiropractic –. February 10, 1997. 

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