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UEMS Charter on training of rheumatologists in Europe.
  1. José AP da Silva (jdasilva{at}
  1. University of Coimbra, Portugal
    1. Karen-Lisbeth Faarvang
    1. University Hospital of Copenhagen, Denmark
      1. Klaus Bandilla
      1. Former Secretary. UEMS Section and Board of Rheumatology, Spain
        1. Anthony D Woolf
        1. University of Truro, United Kingdom


          The Treaty of Rome provides for the free exchange of persons, services, goods, and capital within the European Community. Free exchange of persons and services within the medical sector has been achieved by mutual recognition of basic and specialist medical qualifications brought into effect by the Commission of the European Communities (EC) in 1975. The Directives have been consolidated in the Directive 93/16/EEC of 5 April 1993. This Directive 93/16 specifies that Member States shall ensure that the training leading to a diploma, certificate or other evidence of formal qualifications in specialized medicine, meets a number of minimum quality criteria, including duration, content, setting and quality control. It also establishes that Member States shall designate the authorities and bodies competent to issue or receive the diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications.

          • Rheumatology fellowship
          • Rheumatology training
          • Training guidelines
          • UEMS

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