The mission of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO) is to support and advance the practice of chiropractic that is exclusive for the location, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxation because vertebral subluxation, in and of itself, is a detriment to the fullest expression of life. Our ultimate goal is to ensure the future of chiropractic as a separate and distinct profession to secure and insure public access to vertebral subluxation correction. We shall accomplish this by uniting and supporting chiropractors and organizations who share the IFCO mission through professional, legislative, educational and personal growth endeavors
The IFCO views Chiropractic as a vitalistic philosophy, science, and art which consists solely of the non-therapeutic objective of locating, analyzing, and assisting in the correction of vertebral subluxations, because they are detrimental to the expression of innate intelligence.
Chiropractic colleges, the federal government, and international, national and state chiropractic associations define the unique and non-duplicative role and responsibility of chiropractic as focusing particular attention on the vertebral subluxation and its resultant neurological interference.
The prescription and use of pharmaceuticals by anyone other than a trained medical doctor is unsafe for the public. Furthermore, if Chiropractors were to engage in the practice of dispensing, prescribing or injecting of medicines it would be detrimental to the future survival of the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic as a separate and distinct drugless and surgery free healing art.
The IFCO stands against and condemns the recent decision by the state of New Mexico to recognize a “Chiropractic Advanced Practice Certification” which allows Doctors of Chiropractic to dispense or inject a variety of medicines including any hormone, enzyme, live cell product or over-the-counter drug. The IFCO would further stand against and condemn any action taken in other states and/or jurisdictions of a similar nature.
The IFCO is opposed to the teaching of a medical curriculum for the purpose of attaining advanced chiropractic degree status that would have the effect of broadening the scope of chiropractic practice. Furthermore, chiropractic education by institutions of higher education, testing by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and programs accredited by the Council for Chiropractic Education have an incumbent responsibility to ensure that chiropractic remains separate and distinct from other healing arts professions.
The IFCO therefore strongly disapproves of any effort to introduce the practice of allopathic medicine, specifically the dispensing, injecting or prescribing of drugs and the performance of surgical procedures into the practice of Chiropractic by educational, legislative or any other means by any Chiropractic college, association, licensing body or other organizations representing the Chiropractic profession.
Revised June 24, 2011