The World Medical Association (WMA) is an international organization representing approximately 7 million physicians of all specialties and sectors. It was founded on 18 September 1947, when physicians from 27 different countries met at the First General Assembly of the WMA in Paris. The organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work for the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education and health-related human rights for all people, at all times. The WMA has 106 Medical Association from all over the world as its constituent members. The WMA offers Associate Membership to individual physicians.
The WMA provides a forum for its member associations to communicate freely and cooperate actively in order to achieve consensus on high standards of medical ethics and professional competence, to promote the professional freedom of physicians worldwide and to uphold the enduring traditions of the profession: Caring, Ethics and Science. This unique partnership facilitates high-calibre, humane care to patients in healthy environments, enhancing the quality of life for all people in the world.