Adaptation to adapt the Canadian Obesity Adult Clinical Practice Guidelines


The Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) developed by Obesity Canada and the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons were released in August 2020.

The CPGs were developed using a systematic literature review that included Canadian and international studies. It is therefore possible to adapt and tailor the guidelines to be used by other countries, while maintaining their nature, spirit and vision. Considering the extensive resources required to create the CPGs, some countries have expressed an interest in endorsing and adapting them to meet their country-specific needs. It is also recognized that, globally, many countries share the overall goal of the CPGs, which is to improve the quality of obesity care.

Obesity Canada is launching a pilot project designed to create a process for adapting and implementing the CPGs.  The aim is to pilot test the process in two countries – one in Latin America and one in Europe. Obesity Canada will work with regional obesity organizational partners to select the pilot sites.

Pilot Site Selection

To select a country in Europe, Obesity Canada will work with the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO). An open and transparent application process will be in place for all EASO member nations.

Countries interested in participating in this pilot project must apply using this application form. A selection committee composed of Obesity Canada’s Clinical Practice Guideline Dissemination Committee will review and select the countries that will participate in this pilot project in 2021. 

Obesity Canada will coordinate the guideline adaptation activities and will provide expertise throughout the process.  Countries must demonstrate that they have the capacity and capability to engage stakeholders required to adapt the CPGs.


Participating organizations must adhere to the Endorsement and Adaptation Policy and Procedures developed by the Clinical Practice Guideline Dissemination Committee. Only organizations are going to use the guidelines for non-commercial purposes can request to endorse and adapt the Canadian guidelines. National and international organizations that endorse the CPGs will be listed on the Obesity Canada website.


Obesity Canada will provide financial support for the country-specific adaptation process and activities.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is May 16, 2021. 

Application has now closed.

Obesity Canada has received an unrestricted educational grant from Novo Nordisk for this project.