The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)
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The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is an organisation comprised of the world’s leading international professional respiratory societies presenting a unifying voice to improve lung health globally.

FIRS’ societies are leaders in developing, presenting, and disseminating evidence for the value and means of NCD prevention and control of respiratory disease, which is their mission.

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About FIRS

Formed in 2001, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is composed of the leading international respiratory societies.

Its members are: American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Asociación Latino Americana De Tórax (ALAT), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

Each society is made up of medical specialists in respiratory diseases. Their memberships together have more than 70,000 professionals, who devote their working lives to some aspect of respiratory health or disease.

Their annual meetings provide a forum for nearly all important research in the field. The journals of these societies publish the significant respiratory scientific breakthroughs. Their educational venues teach or train the majority of respiratory specialists in the world.

Meetings of the societies gather individuals with the greatest knowledge and expertise to discuss their latest research findings. The findings include information about the nature, prevalence, burden, causes, prevention, control and cure of diseases.

The societies’ expert members develop statements, guidelines and recommendations on respiratory topics. These guidelines influence how healthcare providers everywhere diagnose, treat and care for their patients with respiratory problems. The members of these societies are distributed across the globe and interact and impact on the lives of many, or most, people with serious respiratory disease.

Work on NCDs

FIRS’ societies are leaders in developing, presenting, and disseminating evidence for the value and means of NCD prevention and control of respiratory disease, which is their mission.

FIRS Members

American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) www.chestnet.org

American Thoracic Society (ATS) www.thoracic.org

Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) www.apsresp.org

Asociación Latinoamericana del Thorax (ALAT) www.alatorax.org

European Respiratory Society (ERS) www.ersnet.org

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) www.theunion.org

Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS) www.panafricanthoracic.org

Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) www.ginasthma.org

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) www.goldcopd.org

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