OAFI is the Osteoarthritis Foundation International, the first and only foundation exclusively for people with osteoarthritis worldwide.

The Foundation was created in Barcelona in October 2016 with the aim of leading the fight against osteoarthritis by promoting education, prevention, treatment and research into everything related to joint health and offering solutions to people suffering from this pathology so that they can feel supported, alleviate their pain and improve their quality of life.

Osteoarthritis is a little-recognised disease that affects more than 500 million people worldwide. Despite its social impact, it is considered as a distant pathology only associated with old age. However, besides affecting the elderly, it is increasingly being detected in postmenopausal women, sports people and even young people.

Osteoarthritis directly affects people’s mobility and autonomy, with the psychological wear and tear that this entails. In addition, it is also associated with other comorbidity problems such as hypertension or cardiovascular diseases, among others.

In a society where the population’s life expectancy is on the rise, this type of ailment should be considered as a first-rate concern. This is the reason why at the Osteoarthritis Foundation International we work to put the patient at the center of the disease and help them to have a voice and be heard. All our actions are designed for the benefit of the patient and the prevention of osteoarthritis in people with risk factors for developing it.


OAFI is an independent, non-profit foundation whose aim is to promote scientific research in the field of osteoarthritis in order to improve the quality of life of the people who suffer from this condition. It is also involved in awareness-raising programs to raise public awareness of the disease and reduce the number of people affected by it.


Improve Life Quality

With the increase in life expectancy and the ageing of the population, osteoarthritis is becoming more and more worrying. That is why the Foundation is launching several projects and activities aimed at society in general and osteoarthritis patients in particular.

Our Commitment

The commitment, honesty, respect, integrity and transparency of the Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI) to society are signs of our good work in achieving our goals. As such, we are happy to share information about our activities, the status of our projects and research, as well as our accounts.

Dr. Josep Vergés, a medical professional with extensive experience in the disease and international reputation, is the president of OAFI.
The OAFI team, strives to increase awareness about OA and to find the best preventive and therapeutic measures to improve the quality of life of OA patients worldwide. The OAFI team welcomes you to a world of joint health and invites you to join the OAFI family.



Dr. Josep Vergés Milano
President & CEO
Investigation Area


María Teresa Vergés Milano
Patients and Volunteers Area


Marco Bibas Castany
Operations Area

Foto Nina

Science, Research & Innovation Area


Media & Communication Area

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Media & Communication Area



Josep Vergés Monturiol (1928-2022)

Honorary Patron


Dr. Josep Vergés Milano


Jordi Ramentol Massana


Dr. José María Villalón


Marco Bibas Castany
Board Secretary


The OAFI Foundation is a private foundation established for an indefinite period under the registered name of the Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI) on February 25th, 2016. Subjected to the Third Book of the Civil Code of Catalonia, it is registered in the Registry of Foundations of the Generalitat of Catalonia with number 2965.

The Foundation is ruled in accordance with Title III, Chapter I, Article 16 of Spanish Law 49/2002, of December 23, of tax regime of non-profit entities and fiscal incentives for patronage.

In 2017 the members of the board of trustees did not receive any kind of remuneration from the OAFI Foundation because of their post. Likewise, they did not receive any kind of advance or credit during the year.

You can download the latest Annual Report and financial information below: OAFI Annual Report 2021.


The entities and companies with which OAFI has collaborated in the year 2020 are listed below:

  • Acondicionamiento Tarrasense – Leitat
  • Advanced Sport & Nutritions Lab
  • Aldi Central De Compras
  • Alianza General De Pacientes
  • Alimentomica
  • Alphasights
  • Amgen
  • Angelini Farmacéutica
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Asociacion Espanola De Normalizacion
  • Asociación Española Con La Osteoporosis Y La Artrosis
  • Athletic Club
  • Ballesol
  • Bioiberica
  • Caixabank
  • Clínica Cemtro
  • Clínica Diagonal
  • Clínica Dkf
  • Clubs Dir
  • Spanish Olympic Commitee (COE)
  • Conex
  • Creaciones Aromaticas
  • Cucurella Medical Consulting
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
  • Farmalider
  • Feast Kitchen Aps
  • Ferrer Internacional
  • Fundació Eurecat
  • Fundación Atlético De Madrid
  • Fundación García Cugat

  • Fundación Ubae
  • Fundación Walkim
  • Fútbol Club Barcelona
  • Goco Family S.L.
  • Hifas Da Terra
  • Ibsa
  • Icaro Birding Experience
  • Industriales S.A.
  • Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems
  • Instituto Fundación Teófilo Hernando
  • Instituto Poal De Reumatología
  • Kern Pharma
  • Laboratorios Gebro Pharma
  • Laboratorios Ordesa
  • Laboratorios Reig Jofre
  • Laboratorios Rubió
  • Lucta
  • Lyposmol
  • Ma D’or
  • Merck
  • Meteda Srl
  • Mmc Intellectual Property Institute
  • Nutra Otc
  • Onmi Bv
  • Opko Health Spain S.L.
  • Organizacion De Consumidores Y Usuarios
  • Pan-American League Of Rheumatology Associations

  • Pfizer
  • Podoactiva
  • Practio Aps
  • Procare Health
  • Proteïn
  • Qida
  • Reig Jofre
  • Senior Iuris
  • Sermes Cro
  • Servier
  • Sociedad Española De Calidad Asistencial
  • Sociedad Española De Farmacia Familiar Y Comunitaria
  • Sociedad Española De Médicos De Atención Primaria
  • Sociedad Española De Médicos Generales Y De Familia
  • Sociedad Española De Reumatología
  • Sociedad Española De Traumatología Del Deporte
  • Solutex
  • Ucb Pharma
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Parma Unipr
  • Universitat De Barcelona (Ub)
  • Universiteit Maastricht
  • University Of Southampton
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski
  • Wageningen University
  • World Scleroderma Foundation

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