About Us

    The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) was established in 2001 by the international professional respiratory societies, the 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), and Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS). The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) joined in 2017.

    The mission of FIRS is to promote respiratory health worldwide. It does this in a complementary way to its own organisations by working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other global organisations representing the respiratory community.

    FIRS is concerned with all factors relating to lung health but particularly those affecting the most people globally and ones that can provide the greatest improvement to respiratory health. It endorses the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the functions and activity of the WHO, and the many other organisations working to improve lung health.

    FIRS’ major activity is global advocacy especially in preventing diseases cause by tobacco products and air pollution. A major goal is to alert the world to the importance of lung health and the great burden of lung disease.

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