Chapter 2 International Organizations


The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) was officially established at the World Chiropractic Congress in Sydney, Australia on October 2, 1988 as the international umbrella body for national chiropractic associations and it is a Non-governmental Association (NGO) with the World Health Organization.

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has national associations of chiropractors in 85 countries as its voting members. WFC also represents chiropractors as well as the profession at an international level. The WFC has numerous Associate members, a category that is open to individuals and organisations.. Since 1997, The WFC has been an officially recognised non-governmental organization (NGO) to the World Health Organization (WHO). The initiative to form the WFC was undertaken in September 1987 at the World Chiropractic Summit in London, England whereby a President’s Committee was formed to ’enquire into and report upon the formation of a world federation representing national chiropractic associations.’

Some of its goals are to act with national and international organizations to provide information and assistance with chiropractic and world health issues, to promote high standards of chiropractic education, research and practice, to develop an informed public, to unite members of the chiropractic profession and to protect the status of the profession. [1]

Contact Information:
1246 Yonge Street, Suite 203
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4T 1W5
Telephone: 1 (416) 484 9978
Fax: 1 (416) 484 9665
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The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) was established in 1963 and is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado. It is a non-profit organization and it is the main testing agency for the chiropractic profession. NBCE conducts standardized national examinations in the USA, which are part of the initial registration process for practitioners. The examinations are developed by NBCE based on guidelines established in co-operation with state licensing agencies.

The NBCE examination results form part of the criteria many state licensing bodies use to determine if a chiropractor is eligible to work in a certain state and gain a licence to practice. [2]

Contact Information:
901 54th Ave.
Greeley, CO 80634
Telephone: 800-964-6223
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The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is the oldest international chiropractic organization in the world. The ICA was formed by DR BJ Palmer in 1926 in Davenport, Iowa. BJ served as President of the ICA from its’ formation, until his death in 1961. The ICA adheres to the original principles and philosophy of chiropractic and aims to expand and improve the profession.

The ICA’s objectives include to maintain and promote chiropractic's unique identity as a non-therapeutic, drugless and surgical-free health science, to work for full inclusion of chiropractic in all public and private health care delivery programs; to foster the professional and technical development of the Doctor of Chiropractic through programs of continuing education, research, political, and social action; to encourage the highest professional, technical, and ethical standards for the doctor of chiropractic while safeguarding the professional welfare of its members among others [3].

Contact Information:
1110 N. GLEBE RD. STE. 650
Tel.: 800-423-4690 / 703-528-5000
Fax 703-528-5023


The Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps is an organisation promoting the advancement of chiropractic training and services throughout the world. It is a non-profit, non-governmental and multinational body. The organisation compiles statistics on chiropractic around the world and assists DCs wherever they can, for example lobbying to aid in setting up colleges. [4]


The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards was formed in 1926, although it was known by different names through its early years. However it was in 1919, that the very first meeting of chiropractic licensing boards from different states occurred. It was established as a United States based non-profit organisation and is based in Colorado. Its mission is to maintain high, uniform standards in areas related to chiropractic such as licensure, regulation, discipline and education. The FCLB database called CIN-BAD (Chiropractic Information Network - Board Action Database) provides member boards and other subscribers access to information regarding licensed chiropractors in the US, Canada and Australia. The CIN-BADdatabase is a vital resource for chiropractic regulatory bodies, colleges and to third parties such as law enforcement services. It is also available to the general public. The FCLB members include boards from the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and other countries. The FCLB collaborates freely with sister organizations National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and Council on Chiropractic Education because of their shared mission of public protection. [5]



The World Chiropractic Alliance, founded Arizona in 1989 is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to protecting and strengthening chiropractic around the world., Most of its members are formerly from the International Chiropractor's Association,. The President, since initial formation is Dr. Terry Rondberg. [6]

The WCA's main purpose appears to be defending the rights of subluxation-based doctors and standing up against those who would corrupt chiropractic by denying its philosophical and vitalistic foundations.

Since its inception, the WCA has played an important role in the global chiropractic community. In 1998, it was accepted as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the United Nations Department of Public Information. [7]

Contact Information:
2683 Via de La Valle
Suite G 629
Del Mar, CA 92014
Fax: toll free -- 1-866-789-8073
Phone (toll free in in U.S. and Canada): 1-800-347-1011



The Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) was established almost 30 years ago by the college presidents when they found that the issues discussed at the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) meetings did not address all their concerns. The Presidents initially met on an informal basis but soon recognized the need to meet regularly and focus the meetings upon issues related to educational standards and accreditation issues. The ACC membership includes the colleges in North American and some from Overseas. All institutes have to be providing accredited chiropractic courses.. The ACCs mission is to promote improvement in research on chiropractic education and enhance the teaching skills of chiropractic lecturers. [8]

Contact Information:
4424 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 202,
Bethesda, Maryland 20814.
Tel.: 800.284.1062
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The Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) is an organization composed of chiropractic accrediting bodies from throughout the world.  The CCE (USA), together with the CCEs of Australia, Canada and Europe formed CCEI in an effort to ensure that the quality in chiropractic education is maintained through accreditation. [9]

CCEI has developed its International Chiropractic Accreditation Standards to promote excellence in chiropractic education. It is also active in helping forming new accrediting bodies in unserved regions through development and recognition efforts. [9]

The chiropractic educational accrediting bodies of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International:


Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA)
Mrs Debby Ramsay
Executive Officer
PO Box 100
Rosewood Queensland 4340 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: 61.7.5467 9736
Fax: 61.7.5464 2076
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Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards (CFCREAB)
Peter Waite, CAE, Executive Director
39 River Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 3P1
Telephone: 1-416-646-1600
Fax: 1-416-646-9460
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Council on Chiropractic Education United States of America (CCE)
Lee Van Dusen, D.C., President
8049 North 85th Way
Scottsdale, AZ  85258 USA
Telephone: (1) 480.443.8877
Fax:  (1) 480.483.7333
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European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE)
Secretariat 1 Spinnaker View
Bedhampton Havant PO9 3JD,
Hants United Kingdom
Telephone: (44) 2392480887
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The I.C.P.A. was founded by Larry Webster, D.C. in 1986 and is currently based out of Pennsylvania USA. It is the oldest and largest chiropractic paediatric- related organization. ICPA is a composed of over two thousand members with special interest in chiropractic care for children. Based on the premise that all children need chiropractic care, the association’s mission is to provide education, training and support research on chiropractic care, in pregnancy and throughout childhood [10].



The IAOCO is the world's top organization in Sports Chiropractic and it is a voluntary, unincorporated, non-profit agency which honours those doctors of chiropractic (DC's) who have contributed to the International Sports arena.

The Charter of the IAOCO was signed on January 9, 1998 by five DC's who comprised the initial Board of Trustees and are known as the founding members of the IAOCO. The IAOCO was unofficially formed at the same time as Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique Sportive (FICS) in 1987 and is modeled as a replica of the IAOMO (International Academy of Olympic Medical Officers).

The IAOCO keeps records of all the Chiropractors that have rendered service at the Olympics and other regional games. It has an extensive archive with dates, names and details kept for legal purposes, all readily accessible to the general public.
The IAOCO cooperates with the FICS and World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and liaise with these bodies as well as with the IAOMO [11] 


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  2. National Board of Chiropractic Examiner [Online]. 2009  [cited 2010 Sep]; Available from: URL:  
  3. International Chiropractors Association [Online]. 2009  [cited 2009 Nov]; Available from: URL:
  4. Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps [Online]. 2009  [cited 2009 Nov]; Available from: URL:
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