A dedicated platform for the lymphoedema community

National Frameworks

The National Frameworks are non-profit organisations that are working nationally to uphold the philosophy of the ILF. They are committed to have patients at the heart of any activities, collaborate in multidisciplinary partnerships between all stakeholders in their country, and support the missions of the ILF.

If you would like to contact an organisation in your area, please visit the website of your country’s National Framework for more information.

Framework List

 AUSTRALIA
ILF Australia

 BELGIUM
Belgian Lymphoedema Framework (BE Lymph)

 CANADA
Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF)

 DENMARK
Danish Lymphoedema Framework (DLN/DLF)

 FRANCE
Partenariat Français du Lymphoedème (PFL)

GREECE
Greek Lymphoedema Framework

 IRELAND
National Lymphoedema Framework Ireland (NLFI)

 ITALY
Italian Lymphoedema Framework (ITALF)

 JAPAN
ILF Japan (ILFJ)

SOUTH AFRICA
Lymphoedema Association of South Africa (LAOSA)

SWITZERLAND
Swiss Lymphoedema Framework (SLF)

 THE NETHERLANDS
Dutch Lymphoedema Framework (NLNet)

TURKEY
Anatolian Lymphoedema Association

 UNITED STATES
American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP)

ILF logo International Lymphoedema FrameworkExamples of the work that some of the National Country Frameworks have contributed are:

  • participation in LIMPRINT and other multi-country research studies
  • creation of patient education tools and national magazine
  • conducting Lymphedema Landscape studies
  • research literature review and section writing for ILF Position and Focus documents
  • implementation of minimum data set
  • advocacy for country reimbursement of lymphoedema care

belynph logoThe Belgian Lymphoedema Framework (BeLymph) is an organisation that works for bringing patients with lymphoedema together with clinicans, researchers and technicians.
The purpose of BeLymph is to educate patients with lymphoedema and their health care providers about the optimal treatment of lymphoedema.
Safety, health and quality of life of the patients are central to the BeLymph. They use scientific, clinical and technical knowledge to improve the health, safety and quality of life of patients with lymphoedema.

BeLymph has been a national framework since 2016.

For more information on the Belgian Lymphoedema Framework, visit their website

    The Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF) is an academic and patient stakeholder collaboration, which is part of an international initiative to promote research, best practices and lymphedema clinical development worldwide.
    The vision of the CLF is that comprehensive treatment for lymphedema and related disorders will be accessible to all persons across Canada.
    CLF is modeled on and aligned with the ILF and collaborates with the ILF, national frameworks in other parts of the world, and provincial associations across Canada to advocate for lymphedema research and educate Canadian patients and health care professionals.
    The mission is to improve the management of lymphedema and related disorders in Canada. In collaboration with the ILF and the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP), CLF strives to contribute to the global advancement of lymphedema care.

    CLF has been a national framework since 2017.

For more information on the Canadian Lymphoedema Framework, visit their website

Danish Network for Lymphoedema (DNL)/Danish Lymphoedema Framework (DLF) is recognized as a professional, interdisciplinary network of doctors, physiotherapists, nurses and other therapists as well as patients.
DNL / DLF works across personal and professional interests in order to raise awareness and spread knowledge about lymphoedema.
Free treatment of lymphoedema in Denmark is a core mission of the DNL / DLF.
DNL / DLF strives to be an integrated, active partner in the ILF and bases its work on ILF’s consensus and focus documents.

Visit the Danish Lymphoedema Networks website
for more information.

ILF logo International Lymphoedema FrameworkThe National Frameworks are non-profit organisations that are working nationally to uphold the philosophy of the ILF. They are committed to have patients at the heart of any activities, collaborate in multidisciplinary partnerships between all stakeholders in their country, and support the missions of the ILF.

Examples of the work that some of the National Country Frameworks have contributed are:

  • participation in LIMPRINT and other multi-country research studies
  • creation of patient education tools and national magazine
  • conducting Lymphedema Landscape studies
  • research literature review and section writing for ILF Position and Focus documents
  • implementation of minimum data set
  • advocacy for country reimbursement of lymphoedema care

ILF logo International Lymphoedema FrameworkThe National Frameworks are non-profit organisations that are working nationally to uphold the philosophy of the ILF. They are committed to have patients at the heart of any activities, collaborate in multidisciplinary partnerships between all stakeholders in their country, and support the missions of the ILF.

Examples of the work that some of the National Country Frameworks have contributed are:

  • participation in LIMPRINT and other multi-country research studies
  • creation of patient education tools and national magazine
  • conducting Lymphedema Landscape studies
  • research literature review and section writing for ILF Position and Focus documents
  • implementation of minimum data set
  • advocacy for country reimbursement of lymphoedema care

For more information on the Greek Lymphoedema Framework, visit their website

ILF logo International Lymphoedema FrameworkThe mission statement of the NLFI is dedicated to advocating for the improvement of lymphoedema care for patients in Ireland, in line with International Best Practice Guidelines as advocated by the ILF.
The NLFI Steering Group aims are to engage with the appropriate members/stakeholders, government, health care organisations and patient advocacy groups in order to support the development of a strategy for lymphoedema services in the Irish Republic and to promote and support the establishment of a clinical pathway for management of lymphoedema in the best interest of patient care.

NLFI has been a national framework since 2015.

For more information on the National Lymphoedema Framework Ireland, visit their website

ILF logo International Lymphoedema FrameworkThe National Frameworks are non-profit organisations that are working nationally to uphold the philosophy of the ILF. They are committed to have patients at the heart of any activities, collaborate in multidisciplinary partnerships between all stakeholders in their country, and support the missions of the ILF.

Examples of the work that some of the National Country Frameworks have contributed are:

  • participation in LIMPRINT and other multi-country research studies
  • creation of patient education tools and national magazine
  • conducting Lymphedema Landscape studies
  • research literature review and section writing for ILF Position and Focus documents
  • implementation of minimum data set
  • advocacy for country reimbursement of lymphoedema care

For more information on the Italian Lymphoedema Framework, visit their website

ILF logo International Lymphoedema FrameworkThe National Frameworks are non-profit organisations that are working nationally to uphold the philosophy of the ILF. They are committed to have patients at the heart of any activities, collaborate in multidisciplinary partnerships between all stakeholders in their country, and support the missions of the ILF.

Examples of the work that some of the National Country Frameworks have contributed are:

  • participation in LIMPRINT and other multi-country research studies
  • creation of patient education tools and national magazine
  • conducting Lymphedema Landscape studies
  • research literature review and section writing for ILF Position and Focus documents
  • implementation of minimum data set
  • advocacy for country reimbursement of lymphoedema care

More information about ILFJ can be found here: https://www.ilfj.jp/journal.html
https://www.facebook.com/ILFJapan/


LAOSA is a South African non-profit organisation for professional individuals interested in lymphoedema treatment, as well as research and training in lymphology and lymphoedema.
The mission of LAOSA is to be a collaborative association which strives to promote quality lymphoedema management, education, awareness and research in South Africa.

LAOSA has been a national lymphoedema framework since 2018.

For more information on the Lymphoedema Association of South Africa, visit their website

The Swiss Lymphoedema Framework (SLF) is an umbrella organisation for all professional groups that are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of lymphoedema and lipoedema in Switzerland. This includes also organisations that represent the interests of patients.
The members include professional associations, specialist associations, educational institutions, patient organisations and industry partners are represented in the SLF. In addition, the SLF has benefactors that support them.
The SLF has been a national framework since 2018.

For more information on the Swiss Lymphoedema Framework, visit their website

Dutch Lymphoedema Framework (Nederlands Netwerk voor Lymfoedeem en Lipoedeem (NLNet)) is a nationwide organisation for all patients with lymphoedema, both primary and secondary, children (and their parents) with lymphoedema and patients with lipodema.
The NLNet wants to be an independent platform for providing (scientific) knowledge, national and international guidelines and experience to those who suffer from lymphatic disorders, especially lymphoedema and lipodema. It targets both patients, patient organisations and care providers.

NLNet has been a national framework since 2016.

For more information on the Dutch Lymphoedema Framework, NLNet, visit their website

The Anatolian Lymphoedema Association aims to increase the awareness of lymphoedema working for the benefit of tphysicians, physiotherapists, nurses, technicians and patients from different branches.
The most important goal for the association is to create standardization and differentiation in the scientific arena and patient services by providing strength to health professions and patients on lymphoedema, providing material and spiritual solidarity, awareness and training environment, improving diagnosis and treatment possibilities on lymphoedema.

For more information on the Anatolian Lymphoedema Association, visit their website

Central to the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP) is improval of the management of lymphoedema and related disorders in the United States while contributing to global international advancement.
This mission is being achieved by defining best practices of lymphedema management and developing a minimum data set to improve lymphedema outcomes. The ALFP works to establish a leadership role in lymphedema risk reduction, treatment, education, health policy, and research. These outcomes will be achieved through a partnership among all lymphedema stakeholders, including patients, healthcare professionals, researchers, industry representatives, and third-party payers.

The ALFP has been a national lymphoedema framework since 2015.

For more information on the American Lymphoedema Framework Project, visit their website


Annual reports 2017-2018