How did it start?

In 2008, TFI started to discuss with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, about the creation of an entire “International Thyroid Awareness Week” – it was decided to have this in May, during the week following the World Thyroid Day. This was announced at a press conference at the 11th European Congress of Endocrinology in Istanbul, in April 2009.

The first International Thyroid Awareness Week took place in May 2009 (25th to 31th).

The campaign is endorsed by the European Thyroid Association (ETA), the American Thyroid Association (ATA), the Latin-American Thyroid Society (LATS), the Asia and Oceania Thyroid Association (AOTA), the Chinese Society of Endocrinology (CSE) and the Chinese Society of Nuclear Medicine (CSNM).