The Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS), was created in Santiago de Chile in September 1942, by representatives of 20 countries in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, USA , Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Salvador and Uruguay), as well as representatives from governmental agencies, social security entities, the International Labour Organization and the Pan American Sanitary Bureau.
The CISS is currently comprised of 36 nations within the Americas.
At its founding in 1942, members approved a set of Bylaws and Regulations which have been updated during the ensuing 72 years in order to meet the needs of the institution as well as to keep pace with changing times. The Bylaws and Regulations of the CISS define the organization and all the bodies which comprise it, as well as the functions, rights and obligations of its membership.
The latest amendments to the Bylaws were approved as part of the XXVI Ordinary General Assembly of the CISS held on September 21, 2010 in Panama City, Panama. These amendments were designed to facilitate and streamline the operation of the Conference as an Inter-American body, strengthen its ties with other social security agencies, promote a public policy agenda for social security pegged to needs, as part of its mission to improve the well-being of nations within the Americas.
The latest changes made to Conference regulations were approved by the Permanent Committee at its extraordinary meeting on December 21, 2012; and later ratified at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Permanent Committee on July 5, 2013.
Regulations are divided into: