Welcome Note From the President
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) website. EAP not only is a Paediatric Society made of European and non-European paediatricians, but it also represents the Paediatric Section of UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists) composed of delegates from European national and specialist paediatric societies and as such, represents the official political voice for children and paediatricians throughout Europe.
We are all aware as Europeans that our national characteristics vary a lot, and that we have different strengths (and weaknesses!). That is one of the great challenges of the EAP – trying to use our strengths variously to work across boundaries. We need to recognise our differences but be able to come together to develop a better system of healthcare for all our children.
EAP basically wants that all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults who live in Europe, regardless of race, creed, social condition or environmental circumstances, attain their optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being; all this by making sure that there is an adequate workforce of appropriately trained physicians who are capable of administering the best possible care to children. Our vision is to make this possible. Our mission is to provide practical assistance in assuring that the physicians who will be taking care of children will be competent to do so.
Over the last years we have seen relatively rapid changes take place in the EAP. We are starting to see our “vision” with “20/20 eye sight” and closer within our reach.
The strength of EAP lies in the Permanent Councils, all geared towards the various aspects of the vision of EAP. The European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) as well as the “Primary”, “Secondary” and “Tertiary” Care Working Groups emphasize training, assessment and continuous professional development; “EAPRASnet” (The European Academy of Paediatrics Research in Ambulatory Setting network), with almost 900 participating paediatricians, focuses on improving the quality of care directly given to children. The “Adolescent working group”, is working to improve training in this often neglected age group, as well as addressing particular medical, social and psychological aspects of this phase of development. Other important working groups directly concerned with the betterment of the health and welfare of children include “Medicine for Children”, “Accident Prevention”, “Vaccination” and “Advocacy for children”.
The Permanent Councils are the vital components of EAP, make it function, progress and hopefully ultimately impact on the mission of the EAP.
The common interests that we collectively share and pursue in improving the health and welfare of children must be harnessed because strength lies in unity and by working together we greatly increase the chances of achieving those that are the goals of every paediatrician.
Become a member! Help us to help you realize your future as a physician who takes care of children.
Tom Stiris MD,
PhD President, EAP
The European Academy of Paediatrics exists to promote the health of children and young people in Europe. It aims to improve standards in training, service and research and to represent the professional interests of paediatricians in the EU. It incorporates the section of paediatrics of the European Union of Medical Specialists and therefore has influence in the political arena to advocate for children and young people as well as for the profession.
Our Vision & Mission
The European Academy of Paediatrics exists to promote the health of children and young people in Europe.
It aims to improve standards in training, service and research and to represent the professional interests of paediatricians in the EU.
It incorporates the section of paediatrics of the European Union of Medical Specialists and therefore has influence in the political arena to advocate for children and young people as well as for the profession.
Eap Guiding Principles
European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) adopts the following guiding principles:
EAP’s guiding principles with regard to partnerships, sponsorship and conflicts of interest aim to increase EAP’s potential to access funds, services in kind and joint venture operations from public bodies, firms or foundations in ways that do not contravene the principles and values of EAP and its members.
It does not aim to provide a definition of every possible funding opportunity or relationship but rather define a set of operating principles.
The guiding principles comply with the objectives and mission of EAP: The European Academy of Paediatrics exists to promote the health of children and young people in Europe. It aims to improve standards in training, service and research and to represent the professional interests of paediatricians in the EU.
EAP is a not-for-profit and non-governmental Association that intends to maintain a high level of independence and integrity. This will allow EAP to position itself in public health and health care policy without being influenced by vested interests.
Whilst EAP recognises that partnerships are essential in advancing EAP’s mission and related objectives, any partnership that EAP undertakes should in no way compromise, or be seen to compromise, the independence of EAP’s decision making processes. The independence of the internal policy making and planning of annual activities of EAP should not be influenced by a partnership’s economical support.
EAP can enter into partnerships with organisations that hold views and practices that are not contrary to EAP’s mission and values. The partnership shall not compromise EAP’s core principles nor restrict EAP’s ability to address relevant issues freely, thoroughly and objectively in public or private forums.
EAP’s relationship with partners should be transparent and publicly disclosed.
Joint agreements or projects undertaken by EAP with its partners should be based on mutual respect and trust, and should be governed by clearly understood and agreed upon principles.
EAP should always be able to prove to its members and the public that the cooperation does not exert any undue influence on its own policies and practices.
The following applies to all sources of financing.
EAP shall accept funding from organisations that hold views and practices that are not contrary to EAP’s mission and values. EAP will only accept funding that does not compromise its core principles and does not restrict its ability to address relevant issues freely, thoroughly and objectively in private and public forums.
EAP will not accept funding from organisations engaged in the manufacture and/or marketing of commercial products whose sale is against EAP’s mission (for example: tobacco, alcohol, arms, unhealthy food, etc).
Funding from public sources may be directed at EAP’s core functions or specific projects or activities. Core functions concern the
Private sponsorship can only take the form of financial support for specific projects or activities. Grants of this kind shall be unrestricted and unconditional. When financial support is approved, a contract or memorandum of understanding between EAP and the organisation will be agreed and signed by authorised parties detailing length of time for the agreement, contribution value, joint activities and deliverables to be achieved, with a start and end date. This agreement will ensure that no restrictions or conditions are imposed by the sponsors which would affect the content of the project and/ or activities.
EAP should always be able to prove to its members and the public that the sponsorship does not exert any influence on its own policies and practices. EAP will ensure that its independence and integrity are preserved in any financial relationship with another organisation.
In order to avoid the risk of being identified with one single vested interest, EAP aims to diversify the sources of funding as much as possible.
Corporate partners or private sponsors shall at no time make use of the name, or logo of EAP, or make any claim of association with EAP without EAP’s prior agreement.
Procedure for partnership and sponsorship agreements
Partnership and sponsorship opportunities will be assessed by EAP’s Executive Committee on a case by case basis, while respecting the above mentioned principles. The conclusions of their assessment will be circulated amongst EAP members.
When approached by, or when approaching, an organisation/agency for funding, EAP will request information about the organisation, including their principal activities, their products or services. EAP will also undertake its own research about the organisation/agency, notably about the nature of the organisation; the nature of its products; the sources of its product; the means used to promote the product, or the consequences of these processes.
When financial support is approved, a contract or memorandum of understanding between EAP and the organisation will be agreed and signed by authorised parties detailing length of time for the agreement, contribution value, joint activities and deliverables to be achieved, with a start and end date.
When weighing up whether or not to accept funding from commercial organisations/ agencies, grant making bodies or individuals, the following should be considered: the nature of the organisation; the nature of its products; the sources of its product; the means used to promote the product, or the consequences of these processes, and whether these are compatible with the principles outlined in the present document.
Any financial support by commercial companies will appear in EAP’s reports to members and the public and other relevant documents.
Conflict of interests of the Executive Committee and its members
The Executive Committee is responsible for the strategic directions, the setting of priorities and the programming of EAP’s activities, including the determination of the annual work program. Also, the Executive Committee members assist in fundraising and representation activities.
Members of the Executive Committee shall therefore declare, annually, any interest and function, be it corporate or institutional and declare any (potential) conflict of interest which may arise throughout the duration of their service on the Executive Committee.
History of EAP
CESP 1961-2001 Since the first meeting in Siena (Italy) in 1961, a great number of paediatricians have devoted themselves to the evolution of the quality of care given to European children. It is impossible to list here all the activities of the national delegates who have succeeded one another for 40 years. These delegates are listed in an annex with their function. A summary of the annual assemblies’ venues and a list of participants are available too. Unfortunately, the records of the meetings and work performed during 1961-1971 have been lost. I understand that in the first years, national delegates focused above all on the various paediatric practises in the 6 countries of the European Economic Community. They then established an inventory of this information and noticed considerable variations from country to country. From 1972, we have documents showing the national delegates’ concern to improve the quality of care given to European children and therefore to furnish paediatricians with a better training. Among the subjects tackled, we have:
- The paediatrician’s training
- Continuing Medical Education
- Relations between paediatricians-general practitioners
- Relations between paediatricians-other medical specialists
- Preventive paediatrics
- School medicine
- Children in hospital
- Perinatal care
- Handicapped child: detection and treatment
CESP 1961–2001 Depuis la première réunion à Sienne (I) en 1961, un grand nombre de pédiatres se sont dévoués pour contribuer à faire évoluer la qualité des soins dispensés aux enfants européens. Il n’est pas possible de relever ici l’activité de tous les délégués nationaux qui se sont succédé durant 40 années et dont vous trouverez en annexe la liste avec les fonctions que certains ont assumées durant leur mandat. Vous pourrez également consulter un récapitulatif des lieux des assemblées annuelles avec les noms des participants. Malheureusement les archives des réunions et des travaux des années 1961-1971 ont été perdues. Je crois savoir que durant les premières années, les délégués nationaux se sont avant tout penchés sur les différentes pratiques de la pédiatrie dans les 6 pays de la Communauté Economique Européenne de l’époque. Ils ont établi un état des lieux et constaté des variations considérables d’un pays à l’autre. À partir de 1972, nous disposons de documents témoignant du souci des délégués nationaux d’améliorer la qualité des soins prodigués aux enfants européens et de donner aux pédiatres une meilleure formation pour y parvenir. Parmi les sujets abordés, nous relevons :
- La formation du pédiatre
- La formation médicale continue
- Les relations pédiatres-médecins généralistes
- Les relations pédiatres- autres médecins spécialistes
- La pédiatrie préventive<
- La médecine scolaire
- Les enfants à l’hôpital
- Les soins périnataux
- L’enfant handicapé : dépistage et soins
EAP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Prof. Tom STIRIS
Oslo University Hospital Ulleval
N- 0407 OSLO
Dr. Ana Margarida NEVES
Dr. Stefano del TORSO
Studio Pediatrico Vecellio 33,
Prof. Adamos HADJIPANAYIS
Larnaca Hospital 6,25th Martiou street,
CY – 5380 Dherynia
Prof. Arunas VALIULIS
Vilnius City University Hospita
l Antakalnio str. 57 LT-10207 Vilnius
Dr. Jernej ZAVRSNIK
Chair Primary Care
House of health “dr. Adolf Drolc”
Ulica talcev 9, 2000 Maribor
Dr. Károly ILLY
Chair Secondary Care
3502 LB Utrecht
Dr. Robert Ross RUSSELL
The Old Tiled House, Red Cross Lane,
Cambridge CB2 0QU
Prof. Berthold KOLETZKO
Chair Tertiary Care