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The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) is the federation of ergonomics and human factors societies around the world entitled as international organization founded in Zurich (Switzerland) pursuant to article 60 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code. Currently IEA is officially registered in the municipality of Thônex, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

IEA Bylaws

Mission and Goals

The mission of the IEA is to elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice, and to expand its scope of application and contribution to society to improve the quality of life, working closely with its constituent societies and related international organizations.

The main goals of the IEA are :
  • To develop more effective communication and collaboration with federated societies.
  • To advance the science and practice of ergonomics at an international level.
  • To enhance the contribution of the ergonomics discipline to global society

Structure of The IEA

The IEA is the coalition of the Federated Societies. There are also the Affiliated Societies, the IEA Networks, and the IEA Sustaining Members in the Association.

The governing body of the IEA is the Council. The Council consists of representatives of Federated Societies and elected Officers of the IEA. The Council makes all major decisions concerning the IEA, including rule changes, general policy, activities, admissions, election of officers and budget. Council admits all new members of the IEA in any category and will terminate membership for good cause. The Affiliated Societies and other non-voting members can attend the Council meeting as observers.

The Officers of the IEA are the President, Vice President & Secretary General, and Vice President & Treasurer. The Officers are responsible for the management of the IEA affairs, in accordance with the IEA mission and goals.

The Executive Committee consists of the Officers, Chairs of IEA Standing Committees and ex-officio members. The immediate Past President of the IEA, the Chairman of the next IEA Triennial Congress and the IEA Historian are ex-officio members of the Executive Committee. Other ex-officio members can be appointed by the President. The Executive Committee is responsible for management of IEA activities and programs in accordance with the objectives of the IEA.

The Technical Committees are formed as a platform to discuss and exchange up-to-date information on particular ergonomics fields.

Past IEA Officers and Meetings

History of The IEA

The founding of the IEA was preceded by discussions made at several meetings and initiatives on the part of various individuals.

The Ergonomics Research Society (ERS) founded in England in 1949 held various events that had a major influence on the founding of the IEA. The European Productivity Agency (EPA) founded in 1953 initiated a project entitled “Fitting the Task to the Worker” drew attention of people who later played key roles in founding the IEA. A number of events synchronized the discussion and debate in the process.
A decision to explore the feasibility of an international association was made at an EPA seminar held in Leyden, Holland, 1957. In 1959, the steering (preparatory) committee of the future International Ergonomics Association (IEA), which was held in conjunction with the ERS symposium, decided on the founding of the IEA.
In 1961, the first meeting of IEA’s General Assembly was held in Stockholm, Sweden. This meeting formally completed the preparatory phase of the association and started the regular activities of the IEA.
In 1967, the IEA became the association of federated societies worldwide. It ended the period when the IEA was a society of individuals.
In 2011, the IEA became an international not-for-profit organization in Zürich (Switzerland) pursuant to article 60 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code under the official name “The International Ergonomics Association.” The IEA is a registered “Not For Profit Association” at the commercial register in the Canton of Zürich, Switzerland under the number CH-
More about the history of IEA:
50th Anniversary Booklet, The International Ergonomics Association, July 2006
History of the International Ergonomics Association: The First Quarter of a Century

Relations with Other International Bodies

Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU)

The IEA cooperates with other international bodies with common or similar goals. In some cases, the Memoranda of Understanding have been established to facilitate information exchange and joint activities.

MOUs have been signed with the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), International Association of Applied Psychologists (IAAP) and the International Occupational Hygienists Association (IOHA). The IEA is developing a Joint Statement on Ergonomics with the WHO, ILO, ICOH and IOHA. This will enable ongoing cooperation and joint initiatives with these international bodies.

Official liaisons

The IEA maintains close liaison with the with the following world bodies: