The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside the government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to the decision makers and the public. It was established in 1970 and is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. The organization's aim is to help those in the government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing reliable evidence.
Each year, more than 2,000 individuals, members and nonmembers volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to advance the nation's health through the work of the IOM. Many of the studies the organization undertakes begin as specific mandates from Congress, while others are requested by federal agencies and independent organizations.