Medical Associations and Practice Guidelines

Accident and emergency medicine

American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)
Professional medical association of board certified emergency medicine physicians in the USA with approximately 6,500 members. It works cooperatively with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP).

URL: http://www.aaem.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aaem.org/emtopics/practice_guidelines.php


American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Professional medical organization of emergency medicine physicians in the USA with over 28,000 members, although not all are board certified.
URL: http://www.acep.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.acep.org/clinicalpolicies/


College of Emergency Medicine (CEM)
Professional organization of emergency medicine physicians in the United Kingdom with over 3000 Fellows and Members registered internationally. It is responsible for setting standards of training and administering examinations for emergency physicians in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

URL: http://www.collemergencymed.ac.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.collemergencymed.ac.uk/Shop-Floor/Clinical%20Guidelines/Clinical%20Guidelines/default.asp

Allergology and Immunology

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)
Professional organization with over 6,500 members in the USA, Canada and 72 other countries. Members all have a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic disease.

URL: http://www.aaaai.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aaaai.org/practice-resources/statements-and-practice-parameters/practice-parameter-guidelines.aspx


British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI)
A national, professional and academic society in the UK, representing the specialty of allergy at every level. Through education, training and research the BSACI aims to improve the management of allergies and related diseases of the immune system.

URL: http://www.bsaci.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bsaci.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=106

Anesthesiology

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
Largest professional association for anesthesiologists in the USA, with over 46,000 members. The ASA is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

URL: http://www.asahq.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.asahq.org/Home/For%20Members/Clinical%20Information/Standards%20Guidelines%20and%20Statements.aspx


Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association (OAA)
The OAA promotes the highest standards of anesthetic obstetric practice in the UK and has an international membership of over 2450. Provides education and training for anesthetists and other practitioners and a resource for women seeking information about pain relief in labor and anesthesia for Caesarean section.

URL: http://www.oaa-anaes.ac.uk
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.oaa-anaes.ac.uk/content.asp?ContentID=95


The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)
Represents the medical and political views of over 10,000 anesthetists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The AAGBI is run by the Council who are elected from the membership for a term of four years, and the Executive Officers who are elected from within the Council.

URL: http://www.aagbi.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aagbi.org/publications

Cardiology

American College of Cardiology (ACC)
Nonprofit medical society in the USA, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients. Comprises 39,000 members, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers.

URL: http://www.cardiosource.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.cardiosource.org/Science-And-Quality/Practice-Guidelines-and-Quality-Standards.aspx?type=YnYaX2wf_Eub_EsrE_3TLg


American Heart Association (AHA)/ American Stroke Association (ASA)
The AHA and ASA are US-based organizations which publish medical scientific statements on various cardiovascular disease and stroke topics. AHA/ASA volunteer scientists and healthcare professionals write the statements, which are supported by scientific studies published in recognized journals and have a rigorous review and approval process.

URL: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/StatementsGuidelines/ByPublicationDate/By-Publication-Date_UCM_316896_Article.jsp


British Cardiovascular Society (BCS)
BCS aims to support and represent all those working in the fields of cardiovascular care and research and has over 2,100 members. BCS does not produce guidelines itself, but contributes to the work of other organizations such as NICE (and other UK bodies) by providing expert opinion through membership.

URL: http://www.bcs.com
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bcs.com/pages/page_box_contents.asp?pageID=704

Cardiothoracic and vascular surgery

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)
ACCP is based in the USA and is a global leader in providing education in cardiopulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. ACCP has a close relationship with various government agencies that affect many areas of chest medicine (e.g. the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the US Food and Drug Administration).

URL: http://www.chestnet.org/accp/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://chestjournal.chestpubs.org/site/misc/Guidelines_CS.xhtml


Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)
SCTS was set up by the profession to enhance the quality of care delivered to patients, by developing all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery. The SCTS develops guidelines on clinical management, working practices and supports the training and education of cardiothoracic trainees and allied health professionals in the United Kingdom.

URL: http://www.scts.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.scts.org/modules/resources/default.aspx?type=guidelines

Dental, oral and maxillo-facial surgery

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
Professional organization representing more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the USA. AAOMS supports its members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and advocacy.

URL: http://www.aaoms.org/index.php
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aaoms.org/media.php


British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS)
BAOMS is a registered charity which aims to promote the advancement of education, research and the development of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the British Isles and encourage and assist postgraduate education, study and research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

URL: http://www.baoms.org.uk
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.baoms.org.uk/document.asp?id=5


The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) - Faculty of Dental Surgery
The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care in the United Kingdom. RCS have around 2,500 fellows and members in the Faculty of Dental Surgery, each of whom hold at least one of the Faculty's qualifications.

URL: http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/fds
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/fds/publications-clinical-guidelines/clinical_guidelines/index.html

Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
AAD has a membership of more than 17,000 and is the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the USA. The Academy represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the USA, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.

URL: http://www.aad.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aad.org/education-and-quality-care/clinical-guidelines


British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)
BAD is the professional organization for Consultant, Trainee and Staff and Associate Specialist dermatologists in the UK and Eire. BAD is a registered charity with an incorporated body of trustees, the Executive Committee, who are all dermatologists elected by the membership.

URL: http://www.bad.org.uk
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bad.org.uk/site/622/default.aspx


Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS)
PCDS is the leading primary care society for GPs with an enthusiasm for dermatology and skin surgery. It reflects the growing importance that GPs are attaching to these specialties. The society has grown in size and influence and now exceeds 1400 members across the UK and Ireland.

URL: http://www.pcds.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.pcds.org.uk/clinical-guidance-and-guidelines/a-z-of-diagnosis

Dietetics

American Dietetic Association (ADA) [becomes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Jan 2012]
ADA is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, with over 70,000 members. Based in the USA, 75% of ADA’s members are registered dietitians (RDs) and 4% are dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs). ADA has an on-line Evidence Analysis Library where evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines and systematic reviews for practitioners can be found.

URL: http://www.eatright.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.adaevidencelibrary.com/default.cfm?library=EBG&home=1


British Dietetic Association (BDA)
Professional association for dietitians in the United Kingdom, with over 6,800 members. BDA members are qualified dietitians holding a degree or postgraduate diploma recognized for Registration by the Health Professions Council.

URL: http://www.bda.uk.com
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bda.uk.com/publications/index.html

Endocrinology

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
AACE is a scientific, educational and charitable medical organization in the USA, dedicated to promoting the art and science of clinical endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism for the improvement of patient care and public health.

URL: https://www.aace.com/
Clinical practice guidelines: https://www.aace.com/publications/guidelines


Society for Endocrinology
The Society is based in the United Kingdom and has around 2000 members. Membership is open to anyone anywhere in the world working in an endocrine-related field, at any stage of their career.

URL: http://www.endocrinology.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.endocrinology.org/clinical/clinicians/prof_Guidelines.html


The Endocrine Society
International body based in the USA with 14,000 members from over 100 countries. The Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. The Hormone Foundation, the Society's public education affiliate, is a leading source of hormone-related health information for the public, physicians, allied health professionals and the media.

URL: http://www.endo-society.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.endo-society.org/guidelines/Current-Clinical-Practice-Guidelines.cfm

Family Medicine

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Represents more than 100,300 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students in the USA. AAFP aims are to preserve and promote the science and art of Family Medicine and to ensure high-quality, cost-effective health care for patients of all ages.

URL: http://www.aafp.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/clinicalrecs/guidelines.html


American College of Physicians (ACP)
ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the USA. ACP has a membership of 132,000, which includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.

URL: http://www.acponline.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.acponline.org/clinical_information/guidelines/guidelines/


National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC)
The NCGC is a UK organization commissioned to develop NICE clinical practice guidelines and quality standards. The work of the NCGC is overseen by a governance partnership between the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners, Nursing, Physicians and Surgeons. Each college is represented on the NCGC management board, alongside representatives from the Royal College of Physicians Patient and Carer Network, the UK Cochrane Centre, and the South West Strategic Health Authority.

URL: http://www.ncgc.ac.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.ncgc.ac.uk/Guidelines/


Royal College of Physicians
An independent membership organization based in the United Kingdom who engage in physician development and raising standards in patient care. The Royal College of Physicians host the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC), which is one of the largest clinical guideline development organizations in the world.

URL: http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/resources/clinical/guidelines

Gastro-enterologic surgery

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
ASGE is an organization in the USA, dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. With nearly 12,000 members worldwide, ASGE aims to be the leader in advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in endoscopy.

URL: http://www.asge.org/index.aspx
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.asge.org/publications/publications.aspx?id=352


The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
SAGES represents a worldwide community of surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients in every country. SAGES represent over 5,000 surgeons and allied health professionals.

URL: http://www.sages.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.sages.org/publications/guidelines/

Gastroenterology

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
The mission of the ACG is to advance the medical treatment and scientific study of gastrointestinal disorders. Based in the USA, more than 12,000 physicians from 82 countries are members of the ACG.

URL: http://gi.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://gi.org/clinical-guidelines/clinical-guidelines-sortable-list/


American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
AGA an organization in the USA and has 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.

URL: http://www.gastro.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.gastro.org/practice/medical-position-statements


British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)
BSG maintains and promotes high standards of patient care in gastroenterology and enhances the capacity of its members to discover and apply new knowledge to benefit patients with digestive disorders in the United Kingdom. Members include physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, scientists, nurses, dietitians, and others.

URL: http://www.bsg.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bsg.org.uk/clinical/general/guidelines.html

Geriatrics

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
AGS is a not-for-profit organization in the USA devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people, with close to 6,000 health professionals as members.

URL: http://www.americangeriatrics.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.americangeriatrics.org/health_care_professionals/clinical_practice/clinical_guidelines_recommendations/


British Geriatrics Society (BGS)
Professional association of 2,500 members, including doctors practicing geriatric medicine, old age psychiatrists, general practitioners, nurses, therapists, scientists and others with a particular interest in the medical care of older people and in promoting better health in old age. BGS is the only society in the UK offering specialist medical expertise in the wide range of health care needs of older people.

URL: http://www.bgs.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bgs.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=42&Itemid=107

Gynecology and obstetrics

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization based in the USA, with over 55,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women.

URL: http://www.acog.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.acog.org/navbar/current/publications.cfm


Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
RCOG is a UK organization which encourages the study and advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynecology. The RCOG has about 12,500 Fellows and Members of whom nearly half are based outside the UK.

URL: http://www.rcog.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rcog.org.uk/guidelines

Hematology

American Society of Hematology (ASH)
The world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatments of blood disorders. Based in the USA, the Society aims to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology.

URL: http://www.hematology.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.hematology.org/Practice/Guidelines/2934.aspx


British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH)
The BCSH produces evidence based guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of hematological disease and blood transfusion. All guidelines are reviewed by a sounding board of consultant hematologists and clinical scientists practicing in the UK.

URL: http://www.bcshguidelines.com/index.html
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bcshguidelines.com/4_HAEMATOLOGY_GUIDELINES.html

Hepatology

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
AASLD is the leading organization of scientists and healthcare professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease in the USA. AASLD's membership includes all professionals dedicated to hepatobiliary discoveries and patient care.

URL: http://www.aasld.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aasld.org/practiceguidelines/Pages/default.aspx


British Society of Gastroenterology – Liver Committee
The BSG is an organization focused on the promotion of high standards for clinical services, research, training and education in gastroenterology and hepatology within the UK. It has over 3000 members drawn from the ranks of physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, scientists, nurses, dieticians, and others interested in the field.

URL: http://www.bsg.org.uk/sections/liver-general/liver.html
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bsg.org.uk/clinical-guidelines/liver/index.html

Infectious diseases

British Infection Association (BIA)
The British Infection Society and the Association of Medical Microbiologists formally merged in 2009 to create the BIA, which has over 1400 members. The BIA is based in the UK and membership is open to all graduates in medicine and science, and to members of other professional groups who are in support of the objectives of the Association.

URL: http://www.britishinfection.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.britishinfection.org/drupal/content/clinical-guidelines


Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
IDSA represents physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. IDSA’s purpose in the USA is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

URL: http://www.idsociety.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.idsociety.org/Guidelines_Patient_Care/

Intensive care medicine

Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
Largest multi-professional organization dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. Based in the USA, SCCM has nearly 16,000 members in more than 100 countries.

URL: http://www.sccm.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.learnicu.org/Pages/Guidelines.aspx


The intensive Care Society (ICS)
ICS is the representative body in the UK for intensive care professionals and patients. ICS perform many functions for the intensive care community, such as the production of guidelines and standards, organizing national meetings, training courses and focus groups.

URL: http://www.ics.ac.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.ics.ac.uk/intensive_care_professional/standards__safety_and_quality#Guidance

Internal medicine

American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
AAPM is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of pain medicine. AAPM is an organization in the USA which has membership from a variety of origins, including such specialties as anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, and psychiatry.

URL: http://www.painmed.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.painmed.org/2ColRightCallout.aspx?pageid=119


American College of Physicians (ACP)
ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the USA. It is a national organization of physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults, with a membership of 132,000.

URL: http://www.acponline.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.acponline.org/clinical_information/guidelines/


Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
RCP is an organization which has been supporting and representing physicians in the UK for nearly 500 years. RCP generate evidence-based clinical guidelines and audits which support Fellows and Members in improving and scrutinizing clinical care

URL: http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/resources


The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM)
National representative body for staff caring for medical patients in the acute hospital setting in the United Kingdom. SAM has over 700 members, the majority are doctors specializing or training in Acute Medicine.

URL: http://www.acutemedicine.org.uk
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=24&Itemid=21

Laboratory medicine

American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry
AACC is an international scientific/medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and other individuals involved with clinical chemistry and related disciplines, based in the USA. The Academy of AACC is the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) which publishes Laboratory Medicine Practice guidelines.

URL: http://www.aacc.org/Pages/default.aspx
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aacc.org/members/nacb/LMPG/Pages/default.aspx


The Association for Clinical Biochemistry (ACB)
Based in the United Kingdom, ACB is a professional body dedicated to the practice and promotion of clinical science. The Association itself is made up of The Association Council and its Standing Committees.

URL: http://www.acb.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: will be updated shortly, website is currently under construction

Nephrology

American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN)
The mission of ASDIN is to promote the appropriate application of new and existing procedures in order to improve the care of patients with kidney disease. The Society promotes education, research, public policy and clinical practice initiatives relating to diagnostic and interventional procedures.

URL: http://www.asdin.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://asdin.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=62


Renal Physicians Association (RPA)
RPA is a national medical specialty association, based in the USA with over 4,000 members serving kidney patients. RPA represents and serves the interests of nephrology practitioners in their pursuit and delivery of quality renal care.

URL: http://www.renalmd.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.renalmd.org/Clinical-Practice-Position-Papers/


The Renal Association
Professional body for United Kingdom nephrologists and renal scientists. In January 2010 The British Association of Paediatric Nephrology became a division of The Renal Association.

URL: http://www.renal.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.renal.org/Clinical/GuidelinesSection/Guidelines.aspx

Neurology

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
International professional association of 24,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals in the USA, dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care.

URL: http://www.aan.com/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aan.com/go/practice/guidelines


American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)
A US organization with more than 4,000 members worldwide, AANN is committed to advancing the science and practice of neuroscience nursing through the highest standards of care. AANN is involved with continuing education, information dissemination, standard setting, and advocacy on behalf of neuroscience patients, families, and nurses.

URL: http://www.aann.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aann.org/pubs/content/guidelines.html


Association of British Neurologists (ABN)
ABN aims to improve the health and well-being of people with neurological disorders by advancing the knowledge and practice of neurology in the United Kingdom.

URL: http://www.theabn.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.theabn.org/Publications/ABNList.aspx

Neuroradiology

American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)
ASNR is a professional membership society in the USA comprising 3,000 physicians specializing in the field of Neuroradiology. Active members must devote approximately one-half or more of their professional practice to Neuroradiology.

URL: http://www.asnr.org/


British Society of Neuroradiologists (BSNR)
BSNR promotes high standards in the clinical practice of diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology throughout the UK. The Society has strong professional links with the Royal College of Radiologists.

URL: http://www.bsnr.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bsnr.org.uk/guidelines/guidelines.asp

Neurosurgery

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
AANS is a scientific and educational association with over 8,000 members worldwide, based in the USA. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public.

URL: http://aans.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://aans.org/en/Legislative%20Activities/Guidelines.aspx?sc_database=web


The Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS)
SBNS is one of the world's oldest national neurosurgical societies. The SBNS aims to promote safe and effective Neurosurgical treatment for patients throughout Great Britain and Ireland.

URL: http://www.sbns.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.sbns.org/site/1101/default.aspx

Nuclear medicine

American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM)
ABNM is an independent, non-profit organization, one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABNM is the primary certifying organization in the USA for nuclear medicine.

URL: http://www.abnm.org


British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS)
The BNMS is an organization concerned with the clinical practice, education, research and development of nuclear medicine within the UK. Membership includes the clinicians dealing with the medical specialty, clinical scientists, radiopharmacists, other scientists, nuclear medicine technologists and nurses.

URL: http://www.bnms.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bnms.org.uk/procedures-guidelines/guidelines-in-nuclear-medicine.html

Occupational medicine

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
ACOEM represents more than 4,500 physicians and other health care professionals specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine. While national (USA) in scope, the College is composed of local component societies in the United States and Canada, whose members hold scientific meetings and network on a regular basis.

URL: http://www.acoem.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.acoem.org/PracticeGuidelines.aspx


American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
AOTA is a national professional association in the USA, with 42,000 members. AOTA represents the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and aims to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.

URL: http://www.aota.org/default.aspx
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aota.org/Practitioners/Official/Guidelines.aspx

Oncology

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Nearly 30,000 oncology practitioners belong to ASCO, representing all oncology disciplines and subspecialties. ASCO is a non-profit organization based in the USA, with a membership which includes physicians and health-care professionals in all levels of the practice of oncology.

URL: http://www.asco.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/Practice+%26+Guidelines/Guidelines/Clinical+Practice+Guidelines


National Cancer Comprehensive Network (NCCN)
Not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers in the USA. NCCN Member Institutions pioneered the concept of the multidisciplinary team approach to patient care and lead the fight against cancer as they integrate programs in patient care, research, and education.

URL: http://www.nccn.org/index.asp
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp


The Association of Cancer Physicians (ACP)
The ACP is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and the UK Department of Health as the specialty association for medical oncologists. Membership of the ACP gives medical oncologists an independent voice in the affairs of the Royal College of Physicians, the Joint Collegiate Council for Oncology (JCCO) and the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC), who supervise training and accreditation in the UK.

URL: http://www.cancerphysicians.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.cancerphysicians.org.uk/resources/21-information-exchange

Ophthalmology

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Largest national membership association in the USA, consisting of ophthalmologists, medical and osteopathic doctors, who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care.

URL: http://www.aao.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://one.aao.org/CE/PracticeGuidelines/CompendiumGuidelines.aspx


The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOpth)
The College champions excellence in the practice of ophthalmology for the benefit of patients and the public. They set the standards for professional practice through clinical guidelines and ophthalmic service guidance and have over 3,000 members worldwide.

URL: http://www.aao.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rcophth.ac.uk/page.asp?section=451&sectionTitle=Clinical+Guidelines

Orthopedics

American Orthopaedic Association (AOASSN)
Oldest and most distinguished orthopedic association in the world and the parent of several major orthopedic organizations. AOA has over 1,500 members, with membership achieved by making a significant contribution to education, research, and the practice of orthopedic surgery.

URL: http://www.aoassn.org/


British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
Professional association for trauma and orthopedic surgeons in the United Kingdom and those abroad who have had orthopedic training in the UK, or who show a continuing interest in the affairs of the Association.

URL: http://www.boa.ac.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.boa.ac.uk/site/showpublications.aspx?id=59

Orthopedic surgery

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/ American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
AAOS provides education and practice management services for orthopedic surgeons and allied health professionals. The Academy also serves as an advocate for improved patient care and informs the public about the science of orthopedics. The Academy now serves more than 36,000 members worldwide.

URL: http://www.aaos.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aaos.org/research/guidelines/guide.asp

Otorhinolaryngology

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNS)
World's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy is based in the USA and represents more than 12,000 otolaryngologists.

URL: http://www.entnet.org/index.cfm
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.entnet.org/practice/Guidelines.cfm


ENT UK
ENT UK is an amalgamation between the British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons and the British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology. ENT UK represents over 1,300 medical practitioners including surgeons, trainees and audiologists.

URL: http://www.entuk.org/index_html
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.entuk.org/publications/

Pathology

College of American Pathologists (CAP)
CAP is based in the USA and is a leading organization of board-certified pathologists. CAP serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine.

URL: http://www.cap.org/apps/cap.portal
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.cap.org/apps/cap.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=reference


The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPATH)
The College is a professional membership organization based in the UK committed to setting and maintaining professional standards and to promoting excellence in the practice of pathology. It has over 8000 members who work in hospital laboratories, universities and industry worldwide.

URL: http://www.rcpath.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rcpath.org/index.asp?PageID=38#general

Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP aims to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults in the USA. The Academy has approximately 60,000 members in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

URL: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/index.dtl
Clinical practice guidelines: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;113/6/1833


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
RCPH has over 12,000 members in the UK and abroad and sets standards for professional and postgraduate medical education. RCPH is responsible for training and examining pediatricians in the UK.

URL: http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/supported-guidelines

Pediatric endocrinology and diabetes

British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED)
BSPED is recognized by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) as the society responsible for this field of pediatric medicine. The Society aims to improve the care of children and young people with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus by bringing together professionals from a range of disciplines

URL: http://www.bsped.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bsped.org.uk/clinical/clinical_endorsedguidelines.html

Pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition

North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
The membership of NASPGHAN consists of more than 1400 pediatric gastroenterologists, predominantly in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and 8 provinces in Canada. NASPGHAN aims to improve the care of infants, children and adolescents with digestive disorders by promoting advances in clinical care, research and education.

URL: http://www.naspghan.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.naspghan.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=295


British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN)
Professional organization based in the UK which promotes research, training and standards of clinical practice for health professionals and scientists in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

URL: http://bspghan.org.uk/

Pediatric hematology and oncology

The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology (ASPHO)
Multidisciplinary organization in the USA, dedicated to promoting optimal care of children and adolescents with blood disorders and cancer by advancing research, education, treatment and professional practice. ASPHO has more than 1,700 members and works to actively advance programs and initiatives in professional education, scientific and clinical research, training and practice issues.

URL: http://www.aspho.org/

Pediatric infectious diseases

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)
World's largest organization of professionals dedicated to the treatment, control and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children. PIDS is an organization in the USA which works closely with many professional organizations that share its goals.

URL: http://www.pids.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.pids.org/news

Pediatric neurology

British Paediatric Neurology Association
Professional organization in the UK for doctors who specialize in the care of children with neurological disorders. Membership is open to those devoting the majority of their time to pediatric neurology, pediatric neurodisability and allied neurosciences.

URL: http://www.bpna.org.uk
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bpna.org.uk/documents.html

Pediatric nephrology

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN)
ASPN is an organization of pediatric nephrologists and affiliated health care professionals based in the USA. With over 600 members, ASPN aims to promote optimal care for children with kidney disease through advocacy, education and research.

URL: http://www.aspneph.com/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aspneph.com/ClinicalAffairs/practiceguidelines.asp


British Association for Paediatric Nephrology (BAPN)
BAPN is a UK organization which aims to set and to improve the standard of medical care of children with renal disease. BAPN is partnered with the UK Renal Association.

URL: http://www.bapn.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bapn.org/clinical_standards.html

Pediatric psychiatry

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Membership based organization, composed of over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. AACAP members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families in the USA.

URL: http://www.aacap.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/member_information/practice_information/practice_parameters/practice_parameters

Pediatric respiratory medicine

British Paediatric Respiratory Society (BPRS)
Multidisciplinary organization based in the UK, which exists to promote the respiratory health of all children and to improve the health of children with respiratory disease. BPRS membership is available to health care professionals who are active in the field of pediatric respiratory medicine.

URL: http://www.bprs.co.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bprs.co.uk/guidance.php

Pediatric rheumatology

British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR)
BSPAR aims to advance pediatric rheumatology care in the UK and Ireland, with membership open to all health care professionals involved in the care of children and adolescents by Pediatric Rheumatology departments. BSPAR is a specialist society linked to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

URL: http://www.bspar.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bspar.org.uk/clinical-guidelines

Pediatric surgery

American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA)
APSA encompasses nearly all pediatric surgeons in the United States and more within North America. APSA aims include ensuring optimal pediatric surgical care of patients and their families, to promote excellence in the field, and to foster a vibrant and viable community of pediatric surgeons.

URL: http://www.eapsa.org


British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS)
BAPS aims to set the standards of care of pediatric surgical practice in the UK and Ireland. BAPS has 800 members worldwide; its objects are the advancement of study, practice and research in surgery for children to cultivate professional relations with pediatric surgeons overseas.

URL: http://www.baps.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.baps.org.uk/

Pediatric urology

British Association of Paediatric Urologists (BAPU)
BAPU is a UK based organization which aims to foster professional relationships between pediatric urologists in the British Isles, advance study, practice and research in pediatric urology and support training in pediatric urology.

URL: http://www.bapu.org.uk/

Pharmacology

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT)
ASCPT is the largest scientific and professional organization serving the discipline of clinical pharmacology. The Society has over 2,100 professionals committed to promoting and advancing the science and practice of human pharmacology and therapeutics for the benefit of patients and society.

URL: http://www.ascpt.org/


British Pharmacological Society (BPS)
Professional association for pharmacologists in the UK and one of the leading pharmacological societies in the world, with almost 2700 members from 60 countries.

URL: http://www.bps.ac.uk/view/0/index.html
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bps.ac.uk/details/aboutPage/870759/Guidelines.html?cat=bps12aae76368e#743539,819781

Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)
Based in the USA, AAPM&R is a national medical specialty society for physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Academy has over 8,000 members in the USA and abroad.

URL: http://www.aapmr.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aapmr.org/practice/guidelines/Pages/default.aspx


American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
Multidisciplinary professional association in the USA, consisting of health professionals who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Membership comprises cardiovascular and pulmonary physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, behavioral scientists, respiratory therapists, dieticians and nutritionists.

URL: http://www.aacvpr.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aacvpr.org/Publications/tabid/65/Default.aspx


British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM)
Society based in the UK which represents doctors who practice in Rehabilitation Medicine. BSRM is affiliated to the European Federation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the British League Against Rheumatism.

URL: http://www.bsrm.co.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bsrm.co.uk/ClinicalGuidance/ClinicalGuidance.htm

Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
ASPS is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. The Society is a US organization which is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

URL: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/For-Medical-Professionals/Legislation-and-Advocacy/Health-Policy-Resources/Evidence-based-GuidelinesPractice-Parameters.html


British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
BAPRAS is a UK organization which aims to advance education in all aspects of plastic surgery and promote understanding of contemporary practice.

URL: http://www.bapras.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bapras.org.uk/page.asp?id=717

Proctology

American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS)
ABCRS is an organization in the USA which aims to promote the health and welfare of the American people through the development and maintenance of high standards for certification in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.

URL: http://www.abcrs.org


Association of Coloproctology of Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI)
ACGBI is a professional society in the UK which is also known as The Association of Bowel Specialists. ACGBI has a membership of more than 1000 Colon and Rectal specialists dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and practice of the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus.

URL: http://www.acpgbi.org.uk
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.acpgbi.org.uk/resources/guidelines

Psychiatry

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
APA is a medical specialty society representing more than 36,000 psychiatric physicians from the USA and around the world. Members are primarily medical specialists who are psychiatrists or in the process of becoming psychiatrists.

URL: http://www.psych.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://psychiatry.org/MainMenu/PsychiatricPractice/PracticeGuidelines_1.aspx


National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH)
NCCMH is one of four centers established by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop mental health guidelines for the NHS in England and Wales. NCCMH is based in the UK and is a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

URL: http://www.nccmh.org.uk
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.nccmh.org.uk/guidelines_az.html


The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RC Psych)
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom. RC Psych is committed to improving the understanding of psychiatry and mental health. Guidelines are commissioned by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and are written by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH), which is part of the College.

URL: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/publications/niceguidelines.aspx

Public Health

American Public Health Association (APHA)
APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health in the USA. APHA and its state affiliates represent a broad array of over 50,000 health professionals.

URL: http://www.apha.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.apha.org/advocacy/policy/policysearch/


Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
Independent charity formed in October 2008 with the merger of the Royal Society of Health and the Royal Institute of Public Health. RSPH has over 6,000 members, with membership open to anyone working in the area of public health.

URL: http://www.rsph.org.uk/

Radiology and radiotherapy

American College of Radiology (ACR)
ACR has 34,000 members which include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. ACR is based in the USA and has devoted its resources to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.

URL: http://www.acr.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.acr.org/SecondaryMainMenuCategories/quality_safety/guidelines.aspx


The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)
The College has two specialties (Clinical Oncology and Clinical Radiology), where a key aim is to developing technological capability and resources to support members and Fellows in delivering high-quality care.

URL: http://www.rcr.ac.uk/

Respiratory medicine

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
AARC is the only 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 Society has more than 49,000 members nationwide.

URL: http://www.aarc.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aarc.org/resources/cpgs_guidelines_statements/


British Thoracic Society (BTS)
BTS aim to improve the care of people with respiratory disorders and have a membership of over 2700. Based in the UK, members include doctors, nurses, respiratory physiotherapists, scientists and other professionals with an interest in respiratory disease.

URL: http://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/guidelines.aspx

Rheumatology

American College of Rheumatology (ACR)
ACR aims to advance rheumatology through programs of education, research, advocacy and practice support for physicians, health professionals, and scientists.

URL: http://www.rheumatology.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/clinicianresearchers/evidence_based_practice/guidelinesresources.asp


The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR)
BSR promotes excellence in the treatment of people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions and supports those delivering it. Based in the UK, BSR has over 1,500 members including rheumatologists, scientists, trainees, allied health professionals and others from the UK and overseas.

URL: http://www.rheumatology.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.rheumatology.org.uk/resources/guidelines/bsr_guidelines.aspx

Stomatology

American Dental Association (ADA)
ADA is the oldest and largest national dental society in the world, with over 156,000 members. It is a member-run organization based in the USA, which is managed by an elected Board of Trustees and a 473-member House of Delegates.

URL: http://www.ada.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.ada.org/1945.aspx


British Dental Association (BDA)
Professional association and trade union for dentists in the United Kingdom, with around 23,000 members. The majority of members are in general practice, or "High Street" practices.

URL: http://www.bda.org/

Surgical oncology

Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
SSO aims to improve patient care by advancing the science and practice of surgical oncology worldwide. Based in the USA and with more than 2,600 members, membership to SSO is open to surgeons, scientists, and other health care providers that are significantly involved in oncologic patient care.

URL: http://www.surgonc.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.surgonc.org/practice--policy/practice-management/clinical-guidelines.aspx


The Association for Cancer Surgery (BASO)
BASO is an umbrella organization for surgical specialties treating people with malignant diseases. The Association represents surgeons and their centers across the United Kingdom & Ireland.

URL: http://www.baso.org/

Thoracic surgery

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)
International organization of over 1200 members, consisting of the world’s foremost cardiothoracic surgeons. Based in the USA but with membership representing 35 countries, surgeons must have a proven record of distinction within the cardiothoracic surgical field and have made meritorious contributions in this field to be considered for membership.

URL: http://www.aats.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.aats.org/guidelines/


The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
Not-for-profit organization representing more than 6,200 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide. The mission of the Society is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

URL: http://www.sts.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.sts.org/resources-publications/clinical-practice-credentialing-guidelines

Transplant surgery

American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
ASTS has over 1900 members who through education and research aim to save lives and enhance the quality of life of patients with end stage organ failure. Membership includes transplant surgeons, physicians, scientists, advanced transplant providers and allied health professionals dedicated to excellence in transplantation surgery.

URL: http://www.asts.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.asts.org/TheSociety/PositionStatements.aspx


British Transplantation Society (BTS)
BTS membership is open to all professionals working in the field of transplantation. A UK organization, membership is multi-disciplinary and includes clinicians from a wide range of specialties, basic scientists, scientists working in Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, nurses, donor coordinators, professions allied to medicine and ethicists.

URL: http://www.bts.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.bts.org.uk/transplantation/standards-and-guidelines/?locale=en

Tropical medicine

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)
Worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians, and program professionals who aim to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor.

URL: http://www.astmh.org


Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH)
International organization which promotes and advances the study, control and prevention of disease in humans and other animals in the tropics. RSTMH facilitates training, education and exchange of information between clinicians, health-related scientists, NGDOs and students across all disciplines in tropical medicine and international health.

URL: http://www.rstmh.org/

Urgent Care Medicine

American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM)
National organization which represents thousands of physicians who practice Urgent Care Medicine in various clinical settings throughout the United States. AAUCM is comprised of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners actively engaged in the field of Urgent Care Medicine.

URL: http://aaucm.org


Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA)
UCAOA represents over 3,200 members in the USA. Urgent care centers provide walk-in, extended hour access for acute illness and injury care that is either beyond the scope or availability of the typical primary care practice or retail clinic.

URL: http://www.ucaoa.org/index.php
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.ucaoa.org/resources_guidelines.php

Urology

American Urological Association (AUA)
Professional association of more than 17,000 members who aim to foster the highest standards of urologic care in the USA through education, research and in the formulation of health care policy.

URL: http://www.auanet.org
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.auanet.org/content/clinical-practice-guidelines/clinical-guidelines.cfm


British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS)
BAUS is a registered charity in the UK and exists to promote the highest standards of practice in urology, for the benefit of patients, by fostering education, research and clinical excellence. Membership of BAUS is open to any medical practitioner in urological practice interested in promoting the objects or the organization.

URL: http://www.baus.org.uk/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.baus.org.uk/AboutBAUS/publications

Vascular medicine

Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM)
Professional organization in the USA that aims to improve the integration of vascular biological advances into medical practice, and to maintain high standards of clinical vascular medicine.

URL: http://www.svmb.org/
Clinical practice guidelines: http://www.svmb.org/professional_practice/positions.cfm