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Informal discussion started in 1996 and the South East Asian Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (SEAFOMP) was officially accepted as a regional chapter of the IOMP at the Chicago World Congress in 2000 with five member countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Professor Kwan-Hoong Ng served as the founding president until 2006. Brunei (2002) and Vietnam (2005) joined subsequently. We are very grateful to the founding members of SEAFOMP: AnchaliKrisanachinda, Kwan-Hoong Ng, Agnette Peralta, RatanaPirabul, Djarwani S Soejoko and Toh-Jui Wong.

The objectives of SEAFOMP are to promote (i) co-operation and communication between medical physics organizations in the region; (ii) medical physics and related activities in the region; (iii) the advancement in status and standard of practice of the medical physics profession; (iv) to organize and/or sponsor international and regional conferences, meetings or courses; (v) to collaborate or affiliate with other scientific organizations.

SEAFOMP has been organizing a series of congresses to promote scientific exchange and mutual support. The South East Asian Congress of Medical Physics (SEACOMP) series was held respectively in Kuala Lumpur (2001), Bangkok (2003), Kuala Lumpur (2004) and Jakarta (2006). The respective congress themes indicated the emphasis and status of development. The number of participants (countries in parentheses) was encouraging: 110 (17), 150 (16), 220 (23) and 126 (7).

In honour of the late Professor John Cameron, an eponymous lecture was established. The inaugural John Cameron Lecture was delivered by Professor WilliKalender in 2004. His lecture was titled “Recent Developments in Volume CT Scanning”. © 2008 Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal. All rights reserved.

ASEAN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, commonly referred to as ASEAN, is an organization comprising of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia (Figure 1). The organization was formed on 8 August 1967 by its five original member countries, i.e. Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Over the years, the organization grew when Brunei Darussalam joined in as the sixth member on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23 July 1997 and Cambodia on 30 April 1999. Its objectives include the acceleration of economic growth, social progress and cultural development among its members, as well as to promote regional peace [1].

The Birth of SEAFOMP

The spirit of ASEAN is resounded in SEAFOMP. The idea of setting up an organization for South-east Asian medical physics societies was first mooted in 1996. During the International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP) World Congress at Nice, the formation of SEAFOMP was endorsed by member countries. The South East Asian Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (SEAFOMP) was officially accepted as a regional chapter of the IOMP at the Chicago World Congress in 2000 with five member countries, viz. Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Figure 2 shows the logo of SEAFOMP. At that time, the founding members of SEAFOMP were AnchaliKrisanachinda and RatanaPirabul from Thailand, Kwan-Hoong Ng from Malaysia, Agnette Peralta from the Philippines, Djarwani S Soejoko from Indonesia and Toh-Jui Wong from Singapore (Figure 3). Prof. Kwan-Hoong Ng served as the founding president until 2006. Two other countries joined subsequently: Brunei (2002) and Vietnam (2005).

The objectives of SEAFOMP are to promote (i) co-operation and communication between medical physics organizations in the region; (ii) medical physics and related activities in the region; (iii) the advancement in status and standard of practice of the medical physics profession; (iv) to organize and/or sponsor international and regional conferences, meetings or courses; (v) to collaborate or affiliate with other scientific organizations. SEAFOMP has a complementary and synergistic relationship with AFOMP in moving medical physics forward in the region.

Since the formation of SEAFOMP, it has been organizing a series of congresses to promote scientific exchange and mutual support. The South East Asian Congress of Medical Physics (SEACOMP) series were held respectively in Kuala Lumpur (2001), Bangkok (2003), Kuala Lumpur (2004) and Jakarta (2006).

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