The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)

GOLD works with health care professionals and public health officials around the world to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and to improve prevention and treatment of this lung disease. Through the development of evidence-based strategy documents for management of both COPD, and events such as the annual World COPD Day and the yearly GOLD International COPD Conference, GOLD is working to improve the lives of people with COPD in every corner of the globe.

GOLD was launched in 1997 in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA, and the World Health Organization. GOLD’s program is determined and its guidelines for COPD care are shaped by committees made up of leading experts from around the world.

The GOLD Report

The GOLD strategy document for the diagnosis, management and prevention of COPD, along with the corresponding pocket guide, are developed for healthcare professionals based on the best scientific information available. This global evidence based document is used as a tool to implement effective management programs based on local healthcare systems around the world. Each year the GOLD Science committee updates the GOLD report based on a standard scientific review process conducted twice a year.