The International Diabetes Federation is officially founded on September 23, 1950 in Amsterdam.
An Executive Board is constituted, consisting of a President, three Vice Presidents, a Secretary-Treasurer and two Honorary Presidents. President: Dr. R.D. Lawrence (UK); Vice Presidents: Dr. J.P. Hoet (Belgium); Mr. Maurice Paz ( France); Dr. Howard Root (USA); Secretary-Treasurer: Dr. F. Gerritzen ( The Netherlands). Honorary Presidents: Prof. Charles Best (Canada); Prof. Elliot Joslin (USA).
Dr. R.D. Lawrence is re-elected as President for a second term.
1980: the hummingbird becomes the official logo of IDF
Member associations no longer sit on the Board as organisations.
Special Review Committee - chaired by Dr. Luft - set up to assess the activities and strategy of the Federation. Members included Drs. Bajaj, Pfeiffer, Krall and Mr. Decker.
In response to apartheid in South Africa, it is decided that henceforth all IDF Congresses can only be hosted in countries where all IDF Member Associations and nationals of that country are freely admitted and accepted as members.
Prof. R. Luft becomes the first Honorary Member of IDF.
IDF membership increases to 130 national diabetes associations in 108 countries
Education Foundation created
Consultative sections on Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes and Diabetes Education established
The following Task Forces are established: Non-Insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM), Insulin, Appropriate Technology, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Member Association Development, Regional Development
Prof. Harold Rifkin and Prof. S. Baba are elected Honorary Presidents
Archbishop Trevor Huddleston is elected Honorary Member
Ms. Maria de Alva (Mexico) assumes the Presidency
1997: 16th IDF Congress held in Helsinki, Finland
IDF/WHO working group established
1999: The IDF Bulletin is renamed "Diabetes Voice" and published in English, French and Spanish
A By-Law is passed granting IDF fiscal and operational responsibility for its Congress
IDF website launched in 1999
Wendell Mayes Jr., Lorna Mellor, Manuel Serrano Rios and Samad Shera are elected as Honorary Presidents
Aladin Alwan, James Jackson, Hilary King, Rudolf Korec, Eric Mngola, Z. Skrabalo, Meng Tan and K. Staer-Johanson are elected as Honorary Members