History of IADPO as an Organization

In June 2015, the first International Dermatology Patient Organizations Conference was held in Vancouver, Canada, in conjunction with the World Congress of Dermatology 2015. 

Attended by 125 delegates from 25 countries, representing 60 skin patient organizations, those assembled unanimously agreed to the establishment of a global umbrella organization to serve the needs of people living with dermatological conditions.  

The newly formed organization was created to support the work of member organizations and engage in advocacy and awareness-raising globally on the impact of skin diseases and issues of poor access to care treatment.

The Vancouver Resolution codified this decision and was released to the media on October 10, 2015 at the EADV conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, bringing attention to the importance of the work of patient associations and to the formation of this new organization, the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (IADPO).