South-East Asian Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (SEAFOMP) was formed in an informal discussion in 1996, headed by the founding members: Anchali Krisanachinda, Kwan-Hoong Ng, Agnette Peralta, Ratana Pirabul, Djarwani S. Soejoko, and Toh-Jui Wong. It was later officially accepted as a regional chapter of the International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP) in 2000 with five (out of 10) member countries of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand with Professor Kwan-Hong Ng served as the founding president until 2006. Brunei and Vietnam were later joined in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
The objectives of SEAFOMP are to promote:
- Co-operation and communication between medical physics organizations in South-East Asian region.
- Medical physics and related activities in the region.
- The advancement in status and standard of practice of the medical physics profession.
- To organize and/or sponsor international and regional conferences, meetings or courses.
- To collaborate or affiliate with other scientific organizations.
The education and training of medical physicists in this region is diverse. The established education and training program is available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand while Singapore hosts several training programs in advanced technology of medical physics. In 2007, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) offered the competency training program for Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists (ROMP) to the country members in Asia and Pacific Region under regional cooperative agreement (RCA/RAS 6038).
SEAFOMP has been organizing a series of congresses to promote scientific exchange and mutual support. The South-East Asian Congress of Medical Physics (SEACOMP) themes varied each year and indicated the emphasis and status of development. The number of participants increased each year, along with the number of countries that took part in the congress.
Listed below are the venues where the SEACOMP was held throughout the years:
|2008||Vietnam||Ho Chi Minh City|
|2011||Philippines||Manila & Bohol|
|2014||Vietnam||Ho Chi Minh City|