FIGO structure and governance

FIGO is based in London, the UK, where it is registered as a charity (a non-profit organisation). 

It is a benevolent, non-profit organisation funded through subscriptions received from Member Societies, grants, publication royalties and the proceeds of its triennial World Congress.

All activities have been achieved with only three full-time employees until 2007 - however, due to recent rapid expansion, there are now 22 staff members, headed by a full-time Chief Executive.

It is a democratic body, and its governance is set out in its Constitution.

A General Assembly - comprising delegates from every Member Society - meets every three years on the occasion of the World Congress, electing the President and Officers for the ensuing three-year period (Member Societies’ votes are cast according to a sliding scale based on membership).

The Executive Board - comprised of representatives from 24 Member Societies and six FIGO Officers - meets at least once every year, and is also elected by free vote at the Assembly. It determines policy and is responsible for administrative procedures. 

The FIGO Secretariat in London is responsible for all administrative matters, and is the base for some of FIGO’s project activities.

The original Swiss Federation  - whose registered address is rue du 31 Decembre, Geneva, Switzerland  - was incorporated under the Swiss Civil Code in 1954. A UK Registered Charity -  International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Registered Charity No 1113263; Company No 5498067)  -  registered in England and Wales, was established in June 2005 and became fully operational on 1 January 2008. It is a company limited by guarantee and governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association.  

FIGO Trading Limited (Company No 5895905), also registered in England and Wales, is a wholly owned commercial trading subsidiary of the UK Registered Charity. The Registered Office of both the UK Registered Charity and FIGO Trading Limited is FIGO House, Suite 3, Waterloo Court, 10 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST, United Kingdom. 

The FIGO Charitable Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in the State of Illinois, USA on 28 November 2001 as a Not for Profit Corporation. (EIN No 98-0362884). The Registered Office of the FIGO Charitable Foundation is 222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2600, Chicago, Illinois 60601, USA.