IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis 2004,
Rio de Janeiro
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History of the IOF WCO

Second announcement
Download final announcement (PDF, 1.4 MB, 28 pages)

Download the powerpoint slide announcing the congress (PowerPoint, 638 KB)

General and Useful Information

Contact Information
IOF Congress Secretariat
73, cours Albert Thomas
69447 Lyon cedex 03
Tel: +33 4 72 91 41 77
Fax: +33 4 72 36 90 52

Congress Venue
The Congress will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre:
North Building
255 Front Street West
Ontario, M5V 2W6
Tel: +1 416 585 8000
Fax: +1 416 585 8198

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of more than 12,000 hotel rooms.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Entry into Canada

For information regarding visas and regulations for entry into Canada please check with your nearest Canadian Embassy.

Health Insurance

Visitors are strongly urged to obtain health insurance before leaving their home province or country. For further information and insurance details, contact your travel agent or insurance agent.

Official Airline

Star Alliance

Star Alliance has been appointed as the Official Airline Network for the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis. To obtain details and conditions on Star Alliance(tm) Conventions Plus discounts and participating airlines*, please contact your local Star Alliance Member and quote the following Event Code: AC001S6.

When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration on proof of attendance and ensure that the Event Code is listed on your ticket.

For further information about Star Alliance Members please visit:

*Participating airlines for this event: Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, Thai Airways Intl, United, US Airways, Varig.


Toronto Metro Hall
  • Toronto's currency is the Canadian Dollar
  • U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere in Toronto, although change from your transactions will be given in Canadian currency and exchange rates will differ with each merchant
  • You'll find cash machines/ATM's in most banks, hotels and shopping malls – cash is dispensed in Canadian currency
  • Travellers cheques and credit cards are accepted at most (but not all) major retailers
  • Currency exchange is available at banks and kiosks throughout the city, as well as in the airport.

Store hours

Most stores are open from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and usually Sunday too.

Local Time

Toronto's time is 5 hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time (UK).


The average temperatures in June in Toronto are between 14 °C. and 24 °C.


If you're happy with the service you receive, a 15% tip on the pre-tax bill is a standard expression of appreciation when dining out in the city. Note that some restaurants automatically add this gratuity when serving large groups, so be sure to check your bill to avoid overspending!
Tips are also expected for services such as haircuts, shoe shines and taxi rides. 15% is standard in these situations as well.

Taxes and Tax Rebates

Be aware that you will be charged 15% sales tax in addition to the cost of most purchases or services.
As a visitor to Canada, you can obtain a refund on the GST (7%), PST (8%) and HST (15%) tax paid on eligible shopping and accommodations. You can find more information about the visitors' tax refund on

Toronto at nightSocial Program

Welcome Cocktail: Friday June 2, 2006, 19:30

To kick off the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis, all registrants and their accompanying persons are invited to a Welcome Cocktail in the Congress venue on June 2, beginning at 19:30. Attendees will be treated to complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres while taking advantage of this opportunity to mingle with colleagues from around the world.


All reasonable endeavours will be made to hold the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis and to present its program as scheduled under circumstances which assure the comfort and safety of all participants and their guests. However, neither the IOF nor its officers, directors, employees, representatives or agents, shall be held liable by any person as a result of the cancellation of the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis or of any of the arrangements, programs or plans connected therewith, or for any injury, damage or inconvenience which may be suffered by any person while travelling to or from, or during such person's presence in Canada in connection with this Congress. Participants and their guests are advised to purchase their own insurance against any such occurrences.

Cancellation or Modification of the Congress due to Force Majeure

In case of force majeure, IOF has the right to alter or cancel the Congress without prior notice, however a notice of the occurence shall be given by IOF as soon as reasonably possible. Force majeure shall mean any circumstance beyond the reasonable control of IOF which prevents or impedes the holding of the Congress, including, but not limited to, government action, war or hostilities, riot or civil commotion, plague or other epidemic such as SARS, bird flu etc, earthquake, flood, hurricane, cyclone, fire or other natural physical disaster, explosion, accident or breakdown, strike, lack of the usual means of transportation or terrorism. IOF shall not be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential damages, losses, expenditures or any other inconveniences or costs caused by such modification or cancellation of the Congress. Furthermore, registration fees will not be reimbursed by IOF.

Ancillary Meetings

Ancillary meetings are to be avoided during the Congress. The Committe of Corporate Advisors has adopted a Code of Conduct and in that it is recognized that companies will not organize competitive events during the official scientific program.

Important Dates

Notification of abstract acceptance: February 20, 2006

Pre-registration: November 22, 2005 to May 2, 2006
On site: From June 2 to June 6, 2006
Cancellation & Refund requests: until February 28, 2006
Badge name change fee (US$ 65) effective: January 31, 2006 onwards

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