Europe has undergone many changes after the Second World War. A major turning point was the abolishment of division to East and West in the 1990. The former European economic community EEC and also EFTA was the basis for the new European Union. It has grown from 15 member states with 387.9 million inhabitants to its current 27 member states and 501 million inhabitants.

For many decades most European countries have had and continue to have national ENT–HNS societies. The European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) was created by them in 1985. The major activity has ever since been the EUFOS Congress held every fourth year since Paris 1988. (http://www.eufos.org)

The European Union of Medical Specialist (UEMS) was founded in 1958. Each European Union’s member countries medical association representatives form the central governing body, the Council of the UEMS, the main purpose of which is to advance the medical practice and treatment of patients within the European Union among others by harmonizing and advancing the training of medical specialists. It also has an advisory role for the European Commission. The workhorse of the UEMS is the sections representing the various registered medical specialties, the UEMS Sections. The UEMS-ENT Section consists of two representatives from each EU member country and Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Turkey as full members or observers. The UEMS ENT Section has concentrated on harmonization and advancing high quality training within EU. It has among others created and published a log book for specialist training in ENT-HNS and adapted many generic charters suitable for the specialty e.g. CME/CPD, which can be found http://orluems.com.

Several subspecialty organisations have over the years been created by colleagues interested in our various subspecialties. Four of these, The European Rhinologic Society (ERS), The European Laryngological Society (ELS), The European Academy of Otology & Neuro Otology (EAONO) and The European Head and Neck Society (EHNS) where the founding members of the European Academy of Otorhinolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, which today represents 22 subspecialty organisations (http://www.eaorl-hns.org)

Since one of the major purposes of these three European organisations is to promote and advance high quality training and education in the different fields of otorhinolaryngology – head and neck surgery it soon became obvious, that with improved organisation and harmonization this goal can best be achieved. It was agreed, that the subspecialty organisations arrange their annual meetings every even year and that EUFOS and the EAORL-HNS European ENT Congresses every uneven year starting from Mannheim 2009 and Barcelona 2011, the next one will be held in Nice April 27 - 30, 2013.

To further strengthen the European ENT and in order to harmonize its activities the representatives of the EA-ORL-HNS, EUFOS and the UEMS-ENT Section founded an umbrella organisation, the Confederation of European ORL-HNS. The Presidential Council consists of representatives (9) of the three above mentioned organisations. The purpose of the Confederation is to coordinate the European ENT-HNS activities, advance the education, the standard of the clinical practise and treatment given to the citizens throughout the European Union countries. The Presidential Council of CEORL-HNS feels, that these goals can be best achieved with a good collaboration and coordination between the above mentioned organisations.

This newly created web page will be the central source of information for all European ENT colleagues and others interested of European ENT, and what is going on in the field. Links have been created to all above mentioned organisations through which it is easy to obtain the latest news of upcoming events, like courses and meetings, the European Board Examination in ORL-HNS, the European Charters dealing with education and professional development.

I hope many colleagues around Europe will find this opportunity useful and become active members of the European ENT-HNS community. Suggestions how to improve the functions and services provided by the European ENT organisations are welcome – no structure is ready, but needs to be constantly improved – stabilisation means stagnation.

Friday, 01 June 2012 Turku Finland

Reidar Grénman
Confederation of European ORL-HNS President
Professor and Chairman

Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Turku University and Turku University Hospital
P.O.Box 52
FI-20521 Turku Finland

tel + 358 2 3131500
fax + 358 2 3133550
e.mail: reidar.grenman (at) tyks.fi

Reidar Grénman, Confederation of European ORL-HNS President. Professor and Chairman