To improve the care and outcomes of kidney disease patients worldwide through the development and implementation of global clinical practice guidelines.



Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) was established in 2003 as an independently incorporated non-profit foundation governed by an international Executive Committee. KDIGO was managed by the National Kidney Foundation, a U.S. foundation experience in developing and implementing guidelines.



KDIGO is the global organization developing and implementing evidence based clinical practice guidelines in kidney disease.  It is an independent volunteer-led self-managed charity incorporated in Belgium accountable to the public and the patients it serves.

KDIGO has a respected record of achievement and accomplishment to improve outcomes for patients worldwide.

Hundreds of recognized kidney disease experts have and are volunteering for KDIGO.  They serve on guideline work groups, conference steering committees and its governing body, the Executive Committee. 

KDIGO believes that publishing guidelines is only half its mission.  Translating the best scientific evidence into practical recommendations for clinicians and patients requires an active implementation program. 

KDIGO has an 800+ member Global Network made up of prominent volunteers from every part of the globe.  KDIGO is a leader in electronic communication with a free iOS and Android app, downloadable guidelines and conference reports, and a well developed system for public review of its activities before and after they are finalized.

Learn More About KDIGO: Read Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes—an update published in Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation (NDT)





KDIGO has published nine clinical practice guidelines and currently has two new guidelines and two guideline updates under development.  KDIGO guidelines are created, reviewed, published and implemented following a rigorous scientific process.  An expert Methods Committee has created a strict approach to evidence gathering and rating.  Each guideline work group spends months analyzing data extracted from hundreds of scientific articles by a professional evidence review team.  They act independently as they reach form their recommendations.  Public review is always a part of the process as is total transparency.


Controversies Conferences

To translate science into practice recommendations, KDIGO has convened many of these Conferences for discussion and debate on issues not yet fully resolved.  They bring together 60 to 80 expert thought leaders who deliberate over three days and reach consensus based on cutting edge science.  A Conference Report is published and serves as a roadmap to using the latest science as a clinical resource in treatment of kidney disease all over the world.

These Conferences have added to the body of knowledge and community understanding of issues facing nephrology.  KDIGO Controversies Conferences have defined the Stages of CKD, provided a common language for CKD Mineral and Bone Disorders, created a CKD Prognosis Consortium that now has data from 4,000,000 patients and provided a valuable forum for debate and consensus building on issues that have controversial or debated elements.


Clinical Practice Conferences

Another KDIGO Implementation Program is a continual effort to bring its work to clinicians wherever they live through society congresses, stand-alone KDIGO meetings, joint programs and speaker tours.  Formal Clinical Practice Conferences, usually held with local or regional societies, allow KDIGO speakers to relate global recommendations while local speakers describe use of those recommendations in treating their patients.  They also compare local guidelines with KDIGO’s global guidelines.

These Conferences can be held anywhere in the world and have proven very popular with nephrologists and related specialists.   Also, small Expert Roundtables bring several local clinicians together with KDIGO experts in more informal settings to discuss actual local practices related to KDIGO recommendations.


Involvement with KDIGO

Opportunities abound for patients, family members and clinicians of all specialties to get involved in KDIGO and help translate global science into common medical practice:

        • Volunteer for a KDIGO Work Group or Committee
        • Provide comments to KDIGO using its Public Comment system
        • Arrange for KDIGO presentations to local meetings and congresses
        • Join KDIGO’s Global Network
        • Suggest topics and issues needing global attention
        • Use and disseminate KDIGO guidelines and reports



View the current KDIGO Executive Committee roster.