The IFAA is committed to developing guidelines to support equality, diversity and inclusion. The Federation, and its member associations, do not discriminate on the basis of sex and sexual orientation, gender, age, ancestry, colour, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status or background, physical abilities or mental wellbeing, parenting status or career level. The Federation is further committed to learning from the past to ensure that the future is more equitable, diverse and inclusive. We encourage open dialogue on matters of equality diversity and inclusivity in order to enable a future without bigotry or prejudice for all anatomists and all others who have cause to use the anatomical sciences.
- Associations and Societies of Anatomy should develop policies to ensure that EDI issues and strategies are embedded within their constitutions or equivalent. It is recommended that documents relating to these policies should be deposited with the IFAA as part of the requirement for membership of the IFAA. Examples of EDI policies can be forwarded to Constituent member Associations or Societies on request.
- It is expected that each Constituent member Association or Society of the IFAA will seek a reasonable balance within its organisational structures between gender/age/sexual orientation/religious beliefs and groups of different ancestry.
- The policies of a Constituent member Association or Society should include provisions to recommend that its members should ensure that their teaching, research investigations, reports, articles, books, presentations, digital material, and imagery uphold the principle of EDI. The anatomy of a white muscular male must not be regarded as the ‘norm’. Thus, the anatomy of people should be treated with equality, as applies also for different body form and ages, and for groups of different ancestry. The primary and secondary sexual organs of people should be taught without prejudice and without moral (or shameful) connotations.
- Constituent member Associations or Societies of the IFAA are advised to prominently display their policies for EDI on their website and should alert their members to such policies.
- The policies of a Constituent member Association or Society should include procedures to be followed where individual members have breached the principles of EDI.
- Each Constituent member Association or Society of the IFAA is recommended to have an Officer within its Executive/Business/Management Group that has specific responsibilities for matters relating to EDI. The name of this person should be communicated to the IFAA (via the Secretary of the Federative International Committee for Equality and Diversity in Anatomy (FICEDA)) and that person will become a member of FICEDA.
- It is recommended that agenda for the Executive/Business/Management Group of each Constituent member Association or Society of the IFAA should include items relating to EDI.
- Each year, Constituent member Associations or Societies of the IFAA should briefly report to the IFAA Executive Committee (via FICEDA) on matters relating to EDI, its policies and any progressions on, or transgressions of, its policies.
- FICEDA will assess matters relating to EDI and Constituent member Associations or Societies of the IFAA should respond to issues raised by FICEDA.