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The purpose of the WFO: to advance the art and science of orthodontics throughout the world by fulfilling the following objectives:

  1. Encourage high standards in orthodontics throughout the world
  2. Encourage, and assist when requested, in the formation of a national organization of orthodontists in countries where such organizations do not exist
  3. Encourage and assist in the formation of national orthodontic specialty certification boards
  4. Encourage high standards in orthodontic research and treatment
  5. Encourage the exchange of orthodontic research and treatment information
  6. Encourage high standards of orthodontic education, training, certification and licensure and
  7. Sponsor and administer periodic International Orthodontic Congresses (IOC), including selecting the site and the host organization