About ASIF

ASIF was established in 1988 to increase public awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis and to disseminate knowledge of the disease around the world.

ASIF is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales - Charity Number: 1173902


Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

A rheumatic inflammatory disease primarily affecting the spine and sacroiliac joints, is also called 'Morbus Bechterew' in some European countries. You will find this popular name of the disease in the name of some European AS societies.

Related Diseases

Ankylosing spondylitis sometimes overlaps with psoriasis, with an inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis), or with the eye conditions uveitis or iritis.


ASIF is a member of the People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE), a standing committee of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR).

We cooperate with the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS), the international working group of ankylosing spondylitis researchers.


ASIF has 38 Patient Organisation Members from 36 countries around the world.


Corportate Sponsors

ASIF is grateful for the support of its industry partners: