Institutional role

The SIR pursues objectives of a prevalently scientific nature and is committed to optimising and developing projects which offer, in the field of health care, qualities that meet the needs of the rheumatic patient, as a disadvantaged person.

The SIR, addressing the problems of rheumatic sufferers, intends to work in the interests of the collective and for the protection and defence of the rights of the individual to guarantee the best possible quality of life in terms of medical, pharmacological and social health care.

The SIR, non-profit organisation, aims to promote and carry out activities in one or more of the following areas of common interest:

a) Scientific research
b) Health care
c) Education
d) Training
e) Health and welfare assistance
f) Protection of civil rights

In order to achieve their primary goals, in addition to the core activities referred to in points a), b), c), d), e), f) of this Article, the association may carry out any activity directly related and ancillary to those listed above as integrative of the same.

The SIR promotes studies and research in the field of rheumatic diseases and disseminates the knowledge acquired both in the scientific and social aspects.

The SIR also proposes to:

  • produce and distribute books, journals, publications and other publishing material relating to rheumatic diseases;
  • protect and improve, with no trade union purposes, the scientific and professional qualifications of its members and devotees of rheumatology as a substantial element for the pursuit of its primary purposes;
  • enhance the scientific, educational and social importance of rheumatology;
  • promote the expansion of  rheumatology care all over the country;
  • establish and coordinate scientific, educational and professional training programmes for rheumatologists, for general practitioners and for healthcare professionals who are interested in the problems of rheumatic diseases and for those who assist rheumatic patients, also with annual programmes of CME training activities in accordance with the criteria and limits set by the National Commission for Continuing Education;
  • establish, encourage and support, totally or partially, research programmes on one or more rheumatic diseases or on individual aspects of rheumatic diseases;
  • promote health education and training courses of a continuing nature for the sick;
  • develop guidelines independently or in collaboration with the Agency for Regional Health Services (A.S.S.R.) and the Italian Federation of Medical Societies (IMF);
  • plan and coordinate initiatives in the areas of teaching and scientific research, also by means of specific research projects;
  • maintain relationships with national and international scientific companies and associations;
  • participate in national and international organisations, companies, associations and federations that have among their aims the study and treatment of rheumatic diseases as well as assistance to and solidarity with rheumatic sufferers.

The SIR promotes national and international courses and conferences. It organises, every year if possible, the National Congress, in accordance with the “Rules of Congresses”. The Association promotes groups, committees and commissions whose initiatives and organizations are approved, considering there is a well-reasoned request, by the Board of Directors, to whom they shall render an annual account of their work.

In order to achieve their goals, the SIR can act in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, with the Regions, the health authorities, other bodies and public health institutions, also with voluntary associations and public and private organisations that offer complementary purposes or who, as non-profit organisations, deal with the problems of rheumatic sufferers and their handicaps.

Through appropriate verification systems, the SIR can verify the actual performance of the activities of the association, in addition to ensuring the proper level of quality.

The SIR verifies the fulfilment, the completion and recognition of the value of the research supported, by using the recognised scientific instruments of evaluation represented by the publications of national or international journals.