Towards a common CME-CPD standard in Europe

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.

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. National Accreditation Authorities have different credit system and approaches on the procedure.

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e.g. in Germany, where the reimbursement of medical acts can be reduced or the right to practice for insurances may be withdrawn.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 EADV applies to the UEMS-EACCME to provide accredited activities for its specialists.

To learn more about the UEMS-EACCME, please click here.

To read the UEMS curriculum in Dermatology and Venereology (2017), please click here.


The Scientific Programming Committee (SPC) is responsible for the quality assurance of CME-CPD of the EADV Congresses. The Education Committee (EADV School) is responsible for organising fostering courses for practising dermato-venereologists and residents.

As the educational events organised by the EADV (Scientific Programming Committee and the Education Committee) are international by their academy and attendance, the UEMS-EACCME rules apply to them.

Every attendee is entitled to a certificate that can be downloaded during/after the event. 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.

The UEMS asks every attendee to be able to evaluate the scientific sessions and courses through an evaluation form after the event. 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.

Please note: The EADV will not be responsible for delivering certificates to attendees who have been registered by a third party and whose addresses are not complete.

CME-CPD Guidance

In anticipation of every congress, meeting or fostering course (the so called LEE - Live Educational Events), EADV officially applies to the UEMS for accreditation.

Gain EADV CME Credits Online

EADV promotes online activities encouraging improvement in the quality of continuing medical education. Every month a new CME-CPD review article from.

Download your Congress Certificates and CME Credits

Find and download all your the CME-CPD and attendance certificates from the past EADV Congresses or Symposia.

Online CME-CPD Results

Check and download the results of the successfully completed EADV CME-CPD online activities.