CME-CPD (Continuing Medical Education, Continuing Professional Development) is one of the pillars for quality assurance in medical care. It means that the medical specialists are due to continuously update and enhance their knowledge, skills and behaviour/attitude towards their patients, their peers and their staff.
To read the UEMS curricula in Dermatology and Venereology (2010), please click here.
The newer term of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) covers the continuum of lifelong medical education, at all stages of a doctor's career.
There is no uniform system of CME-CPD in Europe (EU and EEA).
In some countries, CME-CPD is mandatory, in some it is still not subject to regulatory requirements. The non-fulfilment of the required CME-CPD hours/credits may, in some countries, be followed by sanctions, e.g. in Germany, where the reimbursement of medical acts can be reduced or the right to practice for insurances may be withdrawn. In Switzerland, the new federal Law on Medical Professions (2007) stipulates "lifelong learning" and provides reprimands and fines for not fulfilling the required CME-CPD.
The CME-CPD Committee is responsible for the quality assurance of CME-CPD of the EADV, together with the Scientific Programming Committee (SPC). The Educational Committee is responsible for organising "small courses" for practising dermato-venereologists and residents.
As the educational events organised by the EADV and the Educational Committee are international by their academy and attendance, the EACCME Rules of UEMS apply to them.
The CME-CPD Committee issues a certificate to every attendee, that they can download after the event is finished. It will be up to the participants to contact their National Accreditation Authority (NAA) to have their ECMECs recognised and/or converted into national credits according to the regulations being in force in their country.
Please note: The CME-CPD Committee will not be responsible for delivering certificates to attendees who have been registered by a third party and whose addresses are not complete.
The UEMS asks every attendee to be able to evaluate the scientific sessions and courses through an evaluation form (see example). Evaluation data is essential to our statistics and is of considerable help in the choice of future topics and speakers. Your feedback and comments are greatly appreciated.
In anticipation of every congress, meeting or fostering course (the so called LEE - Live Educational Events), EADV officially applies to the UEMS for accreditation.
EADV promotes online activities encouraging improvement in the quality of continuing medical education. Every month a new CME-CPD review article from.