What we do

What we do

The NOF organizes a biennial congress, publishes the Acta Orthopaedica, facilitates the organization of instructional courses and provides congress grants for residents and young orthopaedic surgeons.  Finally on this page: our Strategic plan.

NOF Congresses

The NOF members each organize the biennial NOF Congress in turn. The NOF Congress is a multi-day, international conference. The national associations organize the event, the NOF facilitates and supports the organization.

The 61th NOF Congress will take place on 12-14 June 2024 in the Netherlands.
NOF congress president 2024 is prof. dr. Taco Gosens. Read more about this event.

Acta Orthopaedica

The Acta Orthopaedica is a non-profit, open access journal owned by the Nordic Orthopaedic Federation and the official publication of this federation. All articles published since the start in 1930 are available online, full text and free of charge.

Read more about Acta Orthopaedica.
Send an e-mail to the editor.

NOF Instructional courses

Following the strategic plan of the NOF and especially in light of the goal of the federation to promote education in the field of orthopaedics and related topics, the NOF facilitates the organization of instructional courses by – or in collaboration with – the national associations of the member countries.

Twice a year (spring and autumn) a NOF instructional course can be supported. If the NOF adopts the instructional course, the NOF will support the PR and promotion of the course.

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NOF Congress grants for residents & young orthopaedic surgeons

To support education and scientific activities of residents and young orthopaedic surgeons, the NOF offers a grant for attending the NOF congress. This grant includes travel expenses (economy) and hotel expenses (economy) and may not exceed € 1,000 per person. On a first come, first served basis, a limited number of participants are accepted for this grant.

Read more of send an e-mail for more information.

Strategic plan NOF, 2016-2020

What is the mission of the NOF?

The NOF provides a forum for the eight national societies to exchange common Nordic issues.

What are typical Nordic issues?

Evidence-based medicine, education and research (register studies)

How can the NOF be of influence?
  • By developing NOF policy statements on relevant societal topics (aim at the regulators)
  • By publishing (in) the Acta Orthopaedica
  • By organizing NOF conferences and fora
  • By facilitating NOF educational initiatives (NOF fellowships)
  • By developing new registries (as a blue print), e.g. complication registry

(Adopted in the NOF Joint Meeting May 4-5, 2017, Tromsø, Norway)