The UEMS recommends that all institutions that organise and/or provide continuing medical education activities on a regional, national and international level are accredited in the European Union. The same is advised for all medical educational activities and events.
Following this recommendation, the EBU Accreditation Committee developed a credit system to control CME/CPD activities. The EBU CME/CPD (Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development) accreditation system was launched in July 1998. Today, after a decade of intensive development, the system has grown into one of the most accepted and recognised in Europe.
European Board of Urology and EU-ACME
In 2004 the EBU and the European Association of Urology (EAU) joined their forces with the goal to improve the continuing medical education system. This cooperation resulted in the foundation of EU-ACME. EU-ACME stands for European Urology - Accredited Continuing Medical Education.
EU-ACME is based on the UEMS/EBU rules and its primary task is to assist in the implementation, promotion and organisation of continuing medical education among European urologists.
There are several advantages to this programme:
- Participation in EU-ACME offers certified European urologists the opportunity to collect the required points.
- Members of EU-ACME have access to the online database system (www.eu-acme.org), which allows them to keep track of collected credits.
- The system meets the needs of all European urologists regardless of the country they practise in and the country where accredited CME/CPD activities take place.
The constant demands of modern medicine make CME and CPD activities an absolute necessity. It is a lifelong commitment and a basic requirement for staying in practice.
It is expected that national CME systems for specialists will become obligatory in European countries in the near future. At the European Board of Urology we anticipate that in the future post-graduate education will move away from a credit accumulation system to a programme based on confidence and reliance on people.
Within the EU-ACME Committee, the EBU and the EAU have equal representation and their roles and responsibilities are clearly defined.
The EBU, through its Accreditation Committee, is charged with regulatory tasks:
- Definition of the rules and regulations for accreditation of educational activities and institutions in accordance with the UEMS/EACCME guidelines.
- Evaluation and accreditation of educational events in urology.
The European Association of Urology, on the other hand, represents urology professionals in Europe and worldwide with the mission to raise the level of urological care in Europe through:
- Coordination of meetings and educational courses.
- Distribution of (semi) scientific literature and clinical practice guidelines.
This collaboration between the EAU - main provider of scientific and educational activities - and EBU - an independent body - offers efficient tools to ensure a professional system with extensive administrative advantages and possibilities.
The EU-ACME office is fully dedicated to facilitate the administrative and logistical process.
To become a member of EU-ACME or to apply for EU-ACME accreditation, please visit the EU-ACME website. (www.eu-acme.org)
Agreement with UEMS/ EACCME
To further the harmonisation of the European CME credit system, the UEMS section of Urology/European Board of Urology signed a cooperation agreement with the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), which is part of European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) in 2009.