FRAX is a scientifically validated risk assessment tool, endorsed by the World Health Organization and now integrated into an increasing number of national osteoporosis guidelines around the world. It is a major milestone in helping health professionals to improve identification of patients at high risk of fracture. The web-based FRAX calculator assesses the ten-year risk of osteoporosis fracture based on individual risk factors, with or without BMD values. IOF supports the maintenance and development of the tool and promotes its worldwide use.
ACCESS THE FREE FRAX CALCULATOR ONLINE
FRAX is available in 58 models for 53 countries and in multiple languages. Learn how country models are developed.
The tool is also accessible via iPhone or iPad application and increasingly integrated directly into bone densitometry technology.
Download the new and updated FRAX App – launched on April 2, 2014
Notice FRAX App version 1.x through 3.x is no longer up-to-date and we kindly ask you to download the new App to ensure that you have the most current version (see side box for more information).
Letter of Introduction (PDF, 121.2 KB)
IOF FRAX® Instructions (PDF, 123.8 KB)
IOF FRAX® Slides (PPT, 11.13 MB)
IOF FRAX® Slide Annotations (PDF, 2.84 MB)
Reference List for Further Reading (PDF, 131.1 KB)
The slide kit may only be used for educational presentations and not for commercial purposes.
FRAX is now more accessible than ever before!
A newly launched FRAX Desktop application can be downloaded to any personal computer where it operates without internet access.
Two convenient subscription models are available at http://who-frax.org/index.php
This individual entry system mimics the front end of the current web version of FRAX. It can be used to assess an unlimited number of individual patients in any healthcare setting. The license can run for six or twelve months (download will expire after the subscription period). Each time the license is renewed, the subscriber receives the updated version of FRAX.
License fees* are CHF 25 for 6 months / CHF 45 for 12 months.
This version of FRAX is designed for researchers and handles multi-patient entries (analyses of large cohorts) in a single operation. The license is for a period of one month.
Please consult http://who-frax.org/index.php for license fees* and further details.
*License fees have been applied in order to cover the maintenance costs of the websites and the development of future versions of FRAX. Use of the online FRAX tool remains free of charge.
This one-page (two-sided) questionnaire in easy tear-sheet form is a time saving tool. The questionnaire can be completed by a patient waiting in a doctor’s office, by a practice nurse or by the physician themselves. Order bulk quantities using the order and permission form (PDF, 109.4 KB). Languages currently available:
English (PDF, 489.4 KB)
Chinese (PDF, 654 KB)
Finnish (PDF, 487.4 KB)
French (PDF, 496.3 KB)
German (PDF, 498.5 KB)
Greek (PDF, 515.6 KB)
Italian (PDF, 493.1 KB)
Japanese (PDF, 486.8 KB)
Spanish (PDF, 498.3 KB)
Swedish (PDF, 335.6 KB)
The IOF and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) established a joint Task Force that met in November 2011 for the ‘ISCD IOF FRAX Initiative’ meeting. The objective was to make recommendations on how to improve FRAX and better inform clinicians using the tool. Below is a list of the positions and review papers which have resulted from this initiative:
Interpretation and Use of FRAX® in Clinical Practice - brochure (PDF)
Interpretation and use of FRAX in clinical practice. Osteoporosis International 2011.
Official Positions for FRAX Clinical Regarding International Differences From Joint Official Positions Development Conference of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and International Osteoporosis Foundation on FRAX.
Cauley JA, El-Hajj Fuleihan G, Arabi A, Fujiwara S, Ragi-Eis S, Calderon A, Chionh SB, Chen Z, Curtis JR, Danielson ME, Hanley DA, Kroger H, Kung AW, Lesnyak O, Nieves J, Pluskiewicz W, El Rassi R, Silverman S, Schott AM, Rizzoli R, Luckey M; FRAX Position Conference Members.
J Clin Densitom. 2011 Jul-Sep;14(3):240-62.
FRAX International Task Force of the 2010 Joint International Society for Clinical Densitometry & International Osteoporosis Foundation Position Development Conference.
Cauley JA, El-Hajj Fuleihan G, Luckey MM; FRAX Position Development Conference Members.
J Clin Densitom. 2011 Jul-Sep;14(3):237-9.
Official Positions for FRAX Bone Mineral Density and FRAX Simplification From Joint Official Positions Development Conference of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and International Osteoporosis Foundation on FRAX.
Lewiecki EM, Compston JE, Miller PD, Adachi JD, Adams JE, Leslie WD, Kanis JA, Moayyeri A, Adler RA, Hans DB, Kendler DL, Diez-Perez A, Krieg MA, Masri BK, Lorenc RR, Bauer DC, Blake GM, Josse RG, Clark P, Khan AA; FRAX Position Development Conference Members.
J Clin Densitom. 2011 Jul-Sep;14(3):226-36.
FRAX Bone Mineral Density Task Force of the 2010 Joint International Society for Clinical Densitometry & International Osteoporosis Foundation Position Development Conference.
Lewiecki EM, Compston JE, Miller PD, Adachi JD, Adams JE, Leslie WD, Kanis JA; FRAX Position Development Conference Members.
J Clin Densitom. 2011 Jul-Sep;14(3):223-5.
FRAX Clinical Task Force of the 2010 Joint International Society for Clinical Densitometry & International Osteoporosis Foundation Position Development Conference.
McCloskey EV, Binkley N; FRAX Position Development Conference Members.
J Clin Densitom. 2011 Jul-Sep;14(3):181-3.
Joint Official Positions of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and International Osteoporosis Foundation on FRAX Executive Summary of the 2010 Position Development Conference on Interpretation and Use of FRAX in Clinical Practice.
Hans DB, Kanis JA, Baim S, Bilezikian JP, Binkley N, Cauley JA, Compston JE, Cooper C, Dawson-Hughes B, El-Hajj Fuleihan G, Leslie WD, Lewiecki EM, Luckey MM, McCloskey EV, Papapoulos SE, Poiana C, Rizzoli R; FRAX Position Development Conference Members.
J Clin Densitom. 2011 Jul-Sep;14(3):171-80.
IOF thanks the Invest in Your Bones corporate sponsors for the non-restricted educational grant in support of the development of the FRAX Slide Kit.
Contact us for questions regarding FRAX
ATTENTION iPHONE APP USERS (before April 2014)
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) released a new version of the FRAX® App on April 2nd, 2014 which improves the user experience for the new Apple iOS (operating system) and integrates essential upgrades to the algorithm, new country data and language support. The project was assigned to a new developer and IOF has been working tirelessly with the previous App developers to find a solution to migrate all existing users into the new platform at no extra cost.
Unfortunately, we could not reach an agreement with the previous developers and regret to inform you that if you are a current user, you will have to download the new App if you:
- would like to have the most up-to-date data
- if your country is not on the list and you are waiting for its data to be added to the calculation tool
- you would like to use the app in a language other than English
- you would like to receive any type of support on the App
We will no longer be able to provide support to users who downloaded the App through our previous developers, versions 1.x through 3.x, as those versions were developed in an environment which we do not have access to. Furthermore, those versions will no longer be available in the App Store.
IOF apologizes for any inconvenience caused and would like to reassure you that every effort was made to try and avoid this situation. From this point on, all IOF mobile applications will be managed and maintained by IOF to ensure this does not happen again. We hope you will see the benefit of upgrading to the new version of the App.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We'll keep you posted as soon as version 4.0 is on the App store, around the first week of April 2014.