The Leonardo da Vinci programme Pilot Project will manage the following topics:
- assess CME systems in Europe;
- establish a system of quality control for CME in central nervous system (CNS) medicine across Europe;
- use and validate these systems of quality control in major European congresses in CNS medicine;
- investigate the use of consumer feedback in assessing the quality of CME educational programmes;
- investigate the educational role of accredited enduring materials in Europe;
- research the usefulness of a network of assessors for cross-national meetings in Europe;
- disseminate the results to help promote CME in CNS medicine in Europe.
The European Accreditation Committee (EAC) was born out of the rapid development of continuing medical education (CME) across Europe and the recognition of a need for a pan-European perspective on CME activities. It was formed in 1998 from members of the Association of European Psychiatry (AEP) and the European College of NeuropsychoPharmacology (ECNP).
The central purposes of the EAC are:
- to promote and encourage the development of CME in CNS medicine throughout Europe;
- to establish policies and standards for CME and to ensure that CME plays an important role in the process of helping health care workers to provide improved standards of clinical care to their patients.
In addition to supporting continuing medical education standards available through the European accreditation committee in CNS medicine, the European Commission is also funding research on the central nervous system. More information on this topic is available in the article Belgian neuroscientists to combine advanced technologies for safer, less invasive brain surgery to be found in this month's VMW issue.