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What is IAMRA?
The International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) is a membership organization whose purpose is to encourage best practices among medical regulatory authorities worldwide in the achievement of their mandate – to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards for the profession of medicine.
What are the goals of IAMRA?
The goals of IAMRA include:
High standards – to foster best practices in all aspects of medical regulation (registration and licensure, complaints and resolution, and quality assurance);
Member support – to be aware of the diverse needs of the members; to provide support to one or more members as required, within the human and financial resources of IAMRA;
Relationship building – to reach out to non-member medical regulatory authorities; to work with other international organizations in the spirit of mutually beneficial collaboration; and
Innovation and dissemination of best practices – to ensure the biennial International Conference on Medical Regulation focuses on best practices developed by, and useful for, all the members.
What is the current and the future focus of IAMRA?
- The diversity and experiences of IAMRA’s membership provides a rich knowledge-base of experts in medical regulation. IAMRA has drawn on these experts to form key committees and working groups whose focal points include:
- Enhancing patient safety and public confidence in medical regulation, and facilitating international professional mobility, through the timely exchange of relevant and reliable information on physicians; and
- Developing outreach strategies to facilitate communications and establish relationships with medical regulatory authorities who are not currently part of IAMRA.
- IAMRA is further working to expand its collaborations with organizations that have an interest in advancing medical regulation around the world and disseminating best practices.
- IAMRA recently celebrated its 9th biennial International Conference on Medical Regulation September 26-29, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. The focus of this and future conferences is Best Practices in Medical Regulation. There were 226 registered attendees from 32 countries representing 90 organizations.
- Attendees worked in small-group sessions over two and a half days to identify principles of best practices in medical regulation. The IAMRA Management Committee will review the work resulting from the conference and assign working groups to further develop key principles – the goal is to present these key principles for review and adoption by IAMRA members at the 2012 Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
- The 10th biennial International Conference on Medical Regulation will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada October 2-5, 2012. The theme of the 2012 Conference is Bringing Evidence to Bear in Medical Regulation.
Who belongs to IAMRA?
View the complete list of IAMRA members.
What are the benefits of being a member of IAMRA?
- Opportunities for information sharing and discussion of common problems affecting the regulation of medical practice
- Participation on working groups, established to address issues critical to the development of the organization and to promote collaboration among the international medical community
- Notification of relevant conferences and the opportunity to host an event, thereby gaining worldwide exposure for your organization
- Potential influence on setting medical regulatory standards on a global basis
What are the types of IAMRA membership
As stated in Chapter IAMRA’s Bylaws:
SECTION A. MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Membership in the corporation shall be open to medical regulatory authorities and to national associations of medical regulatory authorities. Eligible organizations will be admitted upon approval of their application by the Management Committee. The term “Medical Regulatory Authority” as used in the Articles of Incorporation and in these Bylaws shall refer to an organization recognized by the government of a specific country or jurisdiction as being responsible for the registration/licensure of physicians whereby such physicians are entitled to practice the profession of medicine and/or the regulation and discipline of such physicians.
SECTION B. PARTNERS
An organization, which is national, multi-national and/or international in scope, and has a nexus to IAMRA as indicated by its interest in medical regulation, including credentialing, evaluation and assessment, education or other matters related to quality and integrity of the practice of medicine and can reasonably be expected to add a unique perspective or bring expertise to the deliberations of the Members General Assembly and is not otherwise eligible for membership may become a Partner organization upon approval of its application by the Management Committee.
How does my organization become a member of IAMRA?
Organizations may apply for membership online using the member registration form or by contacting the association's secretariat:
Ms. Roxanne Huff, IAMRA Secretariat
400 Fuller Wiser Road, Suite 300
Euless, Texas 76039
Phone: +817-868-4006/Fax: +817-868-4097