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ISSA (International Social Security Association)

International Social Security Association (ISSA)

International Social Security Association (ISSA) is an international association which brings together social security institutions and organizations. The aim of ISSA is to promote social security in a dynamic social dimension throughout the globalizing world. The executive office of ISSA, which was founded in 1927, is situated in Geneva in the office of International Labour Organization. The historical background of ISSA traces back to mutual understanding of insurance and to the base of securing industrial workers in Europe during 19th century against the risks of sickness, invalidity and old age.

Social Security Institution (SSI) is a member of the European Region of International Social Security Association (ISSA), which brings together 350 social security institutions and organizations from more than 150 countries.

Turkey became a member of ISSA during the period of Social Insurance Institution (SSK) in July 1949. After that BAĞ-KUR, T.R. Pension Fund and OYAK became associate members of ISSA. However these memberships ended on 24.11.2006 with the unification of the three social security institutions. Our membership within the constitution of Social Security Institution took place in January 2009. Whereas our previous memberships were from the Asia-Pacific Region, with the membership of SSI it turned into a full membership from European Region.

SSI was awarded with ISSA Good Practices Certificates of Merit

In 2013, SSI was awarded with certificates of merit in the ISSA Good Practices Competition for its implementations stated below:

  • Electronic Prescription (e-prescription)
  • Promoting Registered Employment through Innovative Measures
  • Biometric Identity Verification System
  • Implementation of a data matrix in optics
  • A New Methodology for Forming Positive Lists
  • Operation Project of Fiscal Automation System (MOSİP)


SSI was also awarded with the certificates of merit for following implementations in 2016:

  • The integration of Student Certificates to the Health Benefits Rights Program
  • Automatic Payment of Electronic Temporary Incapacity Reports (e-Payment) for the self-employed
  • Supporting the registered employment of women through home-based child-care services
  • Online Payments Inquiry and Bank Account Submission System


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