International Union of Phlebology (UIP)

The International Union of Phlebology (UIP) is an international organization whose goal is to advance excellence and innovation in venous and lymphatic diseases through education, advocacy, and research.

UIP constitution

The UIP is made up of the national societies of phlebology from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand; in all there are 36 national organizations that belong to the UIP. It was founded in 1959. Individuals can also join as associate members if they are doctors active in the clinical or research aspects of venous and lymphatic diseases. The UIP is governed by a council of eight members and an executive committee 16. There is a biennial congress of the UIP is set up. The next UIP congress is in Prague on the 14-17th of September 2011.

UIP objectives

The aims of the UIP are:

  • to strengthen the links between societies or associations, either existing or to be created, which have a special interest in the study and the therapy of venous disorders;
  • to spread recommendations on the teaching of phlebology, as well as the training, and continuing medical education of phlebologists;
  • to promote consensus on all aspects of venous disorders;
  • to encourage studies and research on disorders of venous origin;
  • to promote joint meetings or international congresses;
  • to encourage the creation and activities of national societies or associations and to encourage them to join UIP.


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