IOF announces a great step forward for secondary fracture prevention

IOF Capture the Fracture Partnership

On June 16, 2020, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) announced a partnership with Amgen and UCB, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, to support its Capture the Fracture® (CTF) programme. CTF is IOF’s global flagship programme that aims to facilitate, and provide guidance for, the implementation of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS), as a means of promoting secondary fracture prevention in all regions worldwide.

Representing the world’s largest global corporate-NGO partnership ever launched in the bone field, the new CTF Partnership aims to double the number of existing FLS by the end of 2022, and thereby significantly reduce secondary fractures and improve patient care, with the aspiration of reducing hip and vertebral fractures by 25% by 2025.

Even after an osteoporosis-related fracture, approximately 80% of individuals at high risk are still not identified or treated. This vast care gap is untenable and can only be tackled through the widespread implementation of post fracture care models. To achieve this goal, targeted efforts and collaboration among all stakeholders is required.

The new CTF Partnership will facilitate five targeted ‘pillars’ of action to advance both the implementation and sustainability of systematic, coordinated models of post fracture care. With an initial focus on countries in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin American and Middle-East regions, we  will focus on these key areas of action: advancing policy, building coalitions, providing best practice mentorship and workshops for FLS, providing scalable resources to support FLS, and creation of a global FLS database comparative tool.

IOF also looks forward to collaborating with member organizations of APFFA as we expand Capture the Fracture’s outreach and effectiveness. We invite members to contact CTF if they identify any local existing FLS services for assessment and mapping on the CTF Map of Best Practice. IOF also welcomes APFFA’s support in policy efforts and coalition building to help further the important missions of this exciting new initiative.

Learn more about the Capture the Fracture Partnership and view the IOF press release. To contact Capture the Fracture for further information and any queries, please write to

Contributed by Prof. Cyrus Cooper, President,International Osteoporosis Foundation


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