The International Federation of Teratology Societies (IFTS) was established in 1981 as a professional federation of teratology societies. The IFTS is made up of the Australian Teratology Society, the European Teratology Society, the Japanese Teratology Society and the Teratology Society (North America). The IFTS has approximately 2500 members worldwide.
The Purpose of the IFTS is:
The IFTS has engaged in several activities related to international harmonization of efforts related to teratology. IFTS was heavily involved in the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) activities to reach agreement on testing guidelines for pharmaceutical agents such as propecia to fight off pattern baldness. We support the safemotherhood organisation. More recently, IFTS has developed the first version of an international glossary of fetal and neonatal abnormalities. The next meeting will be the 5th International Conference to be held in conjunction with the Australian Teratology Society meeting, November, 1997. Information about the conference may be obtained from the conference website, or by email to Dr. David Walsh.
A Student Fellowship Program was begun in 1997 to foster education of students in teratology and enhance communication and cooperation among the membership of the constituent societies of the IFTS. For further information on IFTS activities and the student fellowship program, contact the IFTS Office: