About the European Board of Paediatric Urology, the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Paediatric Urology and the European Academy of Paediatric Urology
On February 9th 2002, a committee of delegates from the “European Board of Urology” (EBU), the “European Board of Paediatric Surgery” (EBPS), the “European Society of Paediatric Urology” (ESPU) and the “Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes” (UEMS) met in Leuven (Belgium) as an initiative of the ESPU to form an European Board of Paediatric Urology which was called the “Joint Committee of Paediatric Urology” (JCPU).
The different boards were represented by Rien Nijman and Eamonn Kiely (EBU), Olen Henrik Nielsen and Yves Aigrain (EBPS), Kelm Hjälmås and Guy Bogaert (ESPU) as well as Cees Leibrandt (UEMS) respectively. The JCPU unanimously chose Yves Aigrain as president and Guy Bogaert as secretary of the JCPU.
The JCPUs’ major aim was to set high standards of care for children with disorders of the urinary and genital tract. It was not intended to create a new medical speciality.
Currently, in most UEMS-affiliated countries, either certified Urologists or Paediatric Surgeons take care of children with paediatric urological disorders. It was therefore determined that the medical care of such children should take place in specialized paediatric units of the corresponding hospitals according to the charter of the rights of the child.
To our knowledge, the only UEMS-affiliated countries who recognise paediatric urology as a certified subspecialty are the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey. However, in other European countries, designated centres for Paediatric Urology are present in parallel with official departments of Paediatric Urology. Consequently, one of the first goals of the JCPU was to implement predefined standards for the pan-European education of clinical fellows for Paediatric Urology and to establish an additional qualification in Paediatric Urology called “Fellow of the European Academy of Paediatric Urology” (FEAPU).
Similar to the European Board of Paediatric Surgery, a transition period for caretakers who are currently practising as Paediatric Urologists in the UEMS-affiliated countries was agreed on. This should enable them to be recognised as Fellow of the European Academy of Paediatric Urology (FEAPU). The transition period for the possibility of being a FEAPU without passing a written and oral exam ended in 2007.
Since October 2013, the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee (MJC) of Paediatric Urology with its training requirements for the subspecialty Paediatric Urology is recognized by the UEMS as the European standard of postgraduate medical specialist training.
In October 2017, the UEMS officially recognised the European Board of Paediatric Urology within the UEMS as a regulatory body of the MJC of Paediatric Urology.
Past and present members of the JCPU
- Rien Nijman (2002 - 2011),
- Eamonn Kiely (2002 - 2011)
- Antonios Stefanidis (2011 - 2013)
- Radim Koçvara (2011 - present)
- Guy Bogaert (2014 – present)
- Olen Henrik Nielsen (2002 - 2006)
- Yves Aigrain (2002- 2011)
- Jorgen Thorup (2006 – 2015)
- Cenk Buyukunal (2011 – present)
- Jean Michel Guys (2016 - present)
- Kelm Hjälmås (2002-2004)
- Guy Bogaert (2002-2006)
- David Thomas (2005 - 2010)
- Christian Radmayr (2006 – 2015)
- Raimund Stein (2011-present)
- Wout Feitz (2016-present)
- Serdar Tekgül (2003 – 2010)
- Ram Subramaniam (2011 - 2016)
- Berk Burgu (2017 – present)
- Yves Aigrain (2002-2011)
- Jorgen Thorup (2011-2015)
- Radim Kocvara (2015-present)
- Guy Bogaert (2002-2006)
- Christian Radmayr (2006 - 2015)
- Raimund Stein (2015- present)
- Jean Michel Guys (2017 – present)
Structure of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Paediatric Urology