About EU-ACME

European Urology- Accredited Continuing Medical Education (EU-ACME)

In 2004 the European Board of Urology (EBU) and the European Association of Urology (EAU) have joined forces to promote CME and CPD amongst all urologists in Europe by founding a new committee – the European Urology- Accredited Continuing Medical Education (EU-ACME), defining the EU-ACME programme and by establishing the EU-ACME office. 

Within the EU-ACME committee both organizations have equal representation.
The EBU is responsible for all regulatory matters, such as determining the rules for accreditation of educational activities in accordance with the guidelines of the UEMS/EACCME, and for the accreditation of CME/CPD activities and institutions. The partnership with EAU makes a truly European wide system possible, with its promotional and administrative possibilities.

Within the EU-ACME programme urologists have access to an online system, which helps them to keep track of their educational activities, irrespective of the country they practice in or where they have participated in accredited CME/CPD activities. The CME organisers/providers may register already accredited activities/materials, apply for accreditation of a e-learning materials following the EBU credit management system and/or get assistance in requesting accreditation by the UEMS/EACCME.

The EU-ACME office, located within the Centre for European Urology in Arnhem, acts as a central ‘institution’ where all information forwarded by urologists, (inter)national urological association and the CME organisers/providers is kept.

EU-ACME GOAL:

  • to help urologists keep track of their educational activities, irrespective of the country they practice in or where they have participated in accredited CME/CPD activities.
  • to assist national and international urological societies in the implementation, promotion and organization of the CME/CPD credit management system among European urologists.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The purpose of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is to keep physicians current in their medical practice as part of a life learning commitment to their patients and society.
The CPD/CME embrace the necessary elements of ‘Good Medical Practice’, such as knowledge, skills and performance, safety and quality, communication, partnership and teamwork, and maintaining trust. 
CPD/CME acknowledges that being a good physician includes competencies that extend beyond medical knowledge, including managerial, ethical, social, and personal skills.

The key to receiving credits is the accreditation of activities, which can be done on the national level following the regulations of a given country or the international level by EBU or the UEMS/EACCME.
 
Within the EU-ACME programme activities are accredited following the CME/CPD credit system set up by the European Board of Urology (EBU).