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Respiratory Societies

American Association for Respiratory Care

The AARC is the USA professional society for respiratory therapists in hospitals and with home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training.

The American Thoracic Society (ATS)

An International professional and scientific society for respiratory and critical care medicine. The ATS is the medical section of the American Lung Association and interacts with both national and international organisations with similar goals.

American Lung Association

One of the "leading organizations working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research".

Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science

Formed in 1980 to serve the professional needs of scientists and technologists employed in clinical respiratory function laboratories from all regions of Australia and New Zealand. Society membership numbers approximately 200.

British Columbia Society of Respiratory Therapists

The British Columbia Society of Respiratory Therapists (BCSRT) is a non-profit society dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality and standards of respiratory care in British Columbia.

The British Thoracic Society (BTS)

Formed in 1982 by the amalgamation of the British Thoracic Association and the Thoracic Society, the BTS works within the field of respiratory medicine to: 1) promote optimum standards of care, 2) promote and advance knowledge and 3) promote and disseminate research.

Canadian Lung Association

This organisation is dedicated to do everything possible "to improve respiratory health", serving to combat both disease and environmental threats to the lungs. The Lung Association strives to change the reality of lung disease in Canada, and the toll it takes on thousands of Canadians every year. Its primary work involves research, education and the promotion of healthy living. One leading objective is to influence people not to start smoking, and to quit if they do smoke.

Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT)

CSRT is the national professional association for respiratory therapists.

Canadian Thoracic Society (CST)

The medical section of The Lung Association. It advises the Association on scientific matters and programs including policies regarding support for research and professional education. The CTS provides a forum whereby medical practitioners and investigators may join in the study of thoracic diseases and other medical fields which may come within the scope of The Lung Association.

European Federation of Asthma and Allergy Associations

A European network of allergy, asthma and COPD patient organizations that was founded in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The European Respiratory Society (ERS)

This society aims to alleviate suffering from respiratory disease and to promote lung health through research, knowledge sharing, medical and public education.

Primary Care Respiratory Society UK

Formerly known as the General Practice Airways Group. UK-wide professional society that supports the improvement of respiratory care in primary care. Registered as a charity, we are led by our members through a range of committees and faculties dedicated to meeting the vision of “optimal respiratory care for all”.

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases

The Union has as its mission the prevention and control of tuberculosis and lung disease, as well as related health problems, on a worldwide basis, with a particular emphasis on low income countries.

Japanese Respiratory Society

The Japanese Respiratory Society is not devoted only to its own development and growth, but is also extremely dedicated to cooperating with patient groups, citizens groups and any other groups whatsoever with an interest in respiratory diseases, in order to work together towards better understanding and better communications and liaisons to promote the study of respiratory diseases by disseminating information and promoting academic achievements in this field.

Nederlandse Vereniging van Longfunctie Assistenten

(Dutch pulmonary function technologists group)
The main objective of the NVLA is to look after the professional interests of its members and to promote the mutual contacts. (WEBSITE IN DUTCH-however can be translated via google).

Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand

The professional society of thoracic physicians, scientists and other health care workers involved with respiratory disease

General Societies:


Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

The College sets and improves standards for clinical practice, advises the Government, the public and the profession on healthcare issues and promotes advances in medical knowledge. The RCP produces reports within a range of medical practice.

National Association of Primary Care

The only membership organisation whose main focus of support is General Practice and its entire staff whilst also supporting Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in developing their relationships with practices.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

The directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

The Royal Society of Medicine

An independent, apolitical organisation. Its aims are:

  • to provide a broad range of educational activities and opportunities for doctors, dentists, and veterinary surgeons, including students of these disciplines; and allied health-care professionals.
  • to promote an exchange of information and ideas on the science, practice and organisation of medicine, both within the health professions and with responsible and informed public opinion.

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Physiological Societies:


The Physiological Society

The aim of the society is to 'promote, for the benefit of the public, the advancement of physiology, and facilitate the intercourse of physiologists both at home and abroad, and thereby contribute to the progress and understanding of biomedical and related sciences and the detection, prevention and treatment of disease, disability and malfunction of physical processes in all forms of life'. 

American Physiological Society (APS)

The APS devoted to fostering scientific research, education, and the dissemination of scientific information. By providing a spectrum of physiological information, the Society strives to play a role in the progress of science, and the advancement of knowledge. Providing current, usable information to the physiological community is the Society's primary focus. The APS supports educational activities and offers materials, resources, and programs at each educational level. The APS also produces the Journal of Applied Physiology. 

International Union of Physiological Societies (IUPS)

The IUPS is an organization which brings together physiologists from throughout the world. The unifying objective is to increase mankind's understanding of the functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems of animals and humans. The IUPS encourages the advancement physiological science and facilitates the dissemination of knowledge in the field of physiological sciences. The IUPS holds a regular International Congress of Physiological Sciences.







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