EBU CME/CPD accreditation system
Continually evolving for over 20 years
Following the recommendation of the UEMS, we launched the EBU CME/CPD credit system in July 1998. Since then the system has developed continuously; the last update was done in 2019. In the current EBU CME/CPD accreditation system both Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are given more equal importance.
A registered trademark of the UEMS that provides high quality, unbiased and didactic content
In spite of the fact that many individual Member States have created obligatory systems, the EU has not demanded any mandatory system of CME-CPD at European level. Major related concerns of the UEMS have been:
- The structure and facilitation of accreditation of CME-CPD activities;
- The awarding of appropriate credits (hours) to individual medical specialists throughout Europe.
On account of these concerns the UEMS established the European Accreditation Council for CME (EACCME®). By this they enable a coordinated system within Europe to facilitate such activity, without encroaching on the responsibility of national organisations where they exist.
The trademark and its value to participants & providers
UEMS-EACCME accreditation is a registered trademark of the UEMS to confirm that a CME activity or e-learning material has fulfilled the UEMS-EACCME quality requirements.
Participants – As a participant in an UEMS-EACCME accredited activity you have the guarantee that the content of the CME provided is of a high quality, unbiased and didactic. As a European urologist you benefit that this mark of quality will be recognised in your home country.
Providers – For providers of CME activities, the added value of UEMS-EACCME accreditation lies in its central link and bridging role. The accreditation process is less resource-consuming, since they do not have to apply to every National Accreditation Authorities (NAA) to have an event recognised in every European country.