This post courtesy of Anne Taylor-Vaisey: From an April 2005 supplement of Clinical Microbiology and Infection:
Carbon C. Continuing professional development and clinical governance: the role of scientific societies. Clin Microbiol Infect 2005; 11 Suppl 1:24-7.:24-27.
Abstract: To date, the rules and state of development of the processes of continuing education and the evaluation of skills and competence vary considerably from one European Member State to another. The recognition of the freedom of establishment of health professionals throughout Europe must be made conditional upon the possession of a given qualification, and also the demonstration of maintained level of expertise, knowledge and skills. This appears to be of primary importance in order to maintain a good quality of care and to improve the performances and responsibilities of the infection of specialists, within the healthcare system. The role of scientific societies such as the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) can be envisaged as follows: (1) to play a key role in the coordination of the processes; definition of the mai! n topics and visions, accreditation of the teaching courses and modalites of evaluation (which supposes a high level of cooperation with the platform for professional qualification) (2) to manage training courses (e.g., ESCMID School, postgraduate courses, technical workshops, educational activities within congresses). In order to make the system clearer and easier to apply, a proposal for a single, comprehensive directive is highly necessary.