The International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS) serves as an alliance of societies to promote basic, translational, and clinical musculoskeletal research worldwide.

The Combined Meeting was launched in 1991 by founding member societies; Orthopaedic Research Society, Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society, European Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Japanese Orthopaedic Association. Thereafter, the European ORS joined the organization where the meeting has convened every three years and rotated to the different country organizations.

In 2007, several new orthopaedic research societies were invited to participate by the Orthopaedic Research Society in the 6th Combined Meeting held in Honolulu, Hawaii; Australia/New Zealand ORS, British ORS, Korean ORS, and the Taiwanese ORS.

In 2010, the Chinese Orthopaedic Research Society was invited to participate in the 7th Combined Meeting hosted by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association in Kyoto, Japan.

On October 15, 2013, at the 8th Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies hosted by the European Orthopaedic Research in Venice, Italy, a new alliance was formed; the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies.  Nine organizations were selected and approved as the founding members; Australia/New Zealand ORS, British ORS, Canadian ORS, Chinese ORS, European ORS, Japanese Orthopaedic Association, Korean ORS, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Taiwanese ORS. A new member type was also established, Associate Scientific member with the AO Foundation and the International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research joining ICORS.

In 2018, the ICORS community grew to include the Asia Pacific ORS.

Purposes and Responsibilities:

The Purposes and Responsibilities of the Union shall be:

  • Promote orthopaedic and musculoskeletal research, including the fields of engineering, biology, and clinical research.
  • Allocate venues for triennial International Combined Orthopaedic Research Society (ICORS) Meeting.
  • Monitor organizational progress and educational content and success of the triennial meetings.
  • Organize a face-to-face meeting at each triennial meeting and each Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting.
  • Interface with the ORS and other member organizations to enhance international collaboration and programming, including the Annual ORS meeting.
  • Support the development of new Orthopaedic Research organizations globally.