The Standards of Care
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health promotes the highest standards of health care for individuals through the articulation of Standards of Care (SOC) for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. The SOC are based on the best available science and expert professional consensus.
The overall goal of the SOC is to provide clinical guidance for health professionals to assist transgender, and gender nonconforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves, in order to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being, and self-fulfillment. This assistance may include primary care, gynecologic and urologic care, reproductive options, voice and communication therapy, mental health services (e.g., assessment, counseling, psychotherapy), and hormonal and surgical treatments. While this is primarily a document for health professionals, the SOC may also be used by individuals, their families, and social institutions to understand how they can assist with promoting optimal health for members of this diverse population.
Historical Compilation of SOC, Versions 1-6
We are pleased to announce that WPATH has compiled all versions of
the Standards of Care into one document. This is exciting news for
researchers working on the Standards of Care with a historical context
and those interested in the transformation of this living document. The
cost of the compilation to non-members is US$45.00. The Standards of
Care v.1 - v.6 will be emailed to you in a PDF document.
Members may download the Standards of Care Compilation PDF free of charge, by logging into the website and going here.