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  The Society of Nephrology of the Republic of China (SNROC) was established in November 1983. The official name was changed to “Society of Nephrology (TSN) in December 2000. The Society aims to promote research and education in the field of nephrology, as well as advance patient care in Taiwan.

In 1972, inter-hospital nephrology meetings were presided alternatively by the National Taiwan University Hospital Medical Center, the Veterans General Hospital and the Tri-Service General Hospital. During the next 10 years, even without an official organization, the number of health care professionals specializing in nephrology increased significantly. In 1983, after attending the 2nd Asian Pacific Congress in Nephrology held in Melbourne, Australia, and seeing first-hand the workings of an international medical organization, 3 prominent pioneers of nephrology in Taiwan, Professors Wan-Yu Chen (陳萬裕, of NTUH), Chu-Kuang Tang (譚柱光, of VGH), and Han-Wen Huang (黃漢文, of TSGH), decided to work together to promote the creation of a society to facilitate cooperation and communication among local nephrologists. Thus, the Society was created in November 1983, with the official name “Society of Nephrology of the Republic of China.” Professor Wan-Yu Chen was the first Society President and Professor Bor-Shen Hsieh (謝博生, also from NTUH) was the first Secretary-General.

  In 1986, the Ministry of Health authorized the formation of the “Committee for Evaluation and Accreditation of Hemodialysis Centers and Hospitals”, headed by Professors Wan Wan-Yu Chen, Tsan-Hsin Yen (嚴澯鑫), and Bor-Shen Shieh, to assure quality care for patients on dialysis. In 1994, hospitals providing peritoneal dialysis therapy were included. Since 1998, TSNy has been fully responsible for all dialysis-related evaluations and accreditations. Moreover, since 2006, TSN has worked with the Taiwan Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation to plan, promote and implement policies to improve and assure high standards of patient care and safety.

The steadily growing number of patients with end-stage renal disease is one of the leading threats to public health and health budgets worldwide. The Society, in cooperation with the Bureau of National health Insurance (BNHI), has invested a lot of time, money and efforts to increase awareness and understanding of kidney disease. The Society also organizes nationwide activities for World Kidney Day, which is held annually worldwide on the second Thursday of March.

  The Society actively seeks and develops strategic partners and collaborations worldwide. Currently, TSN is affiliated with the Society of Nephrology(TSN) and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology.