European Academy of Phoniatrics (EAP)
The EAP was founded with the purpose to have a phoniatric academy that supports the UEP in organizing new multinational networks and to build up organisational structures and European quality standards on medical training and practise to endeavor the best phoniatric patient care.
In close cooperation with the ORL-section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) in Brussels, and its EACCME committee, a main topic for EAP is the information about and the organisation of specific training programs and courses for physicians working in the phoniatric field. Based on the UEMS-accredited phoniatric logbook, in a stepwise progress, these courses should cover the widespread spectrum of our specialty. As soon as the activities mentioned before are done, the first course will be planned.
In respect of the diverging specialty distribution of phoniatrics ranging from several hundred specialists in one country to none in the other visiting and exchange programs shall be developed in the next years based on harmonised criteria of the organisational structure, equipment and staff competence of phoniatric training centers.
To seed the phoniatric gene into young medical students, in future, additional support should be given to those colleagues that participate in the students’ education at medical schools and universities.
For the professionals in and after training, following the EBE-ORL of the otorhinolaryngologists, a European Phoniatric Board Exam and Certification will be a futural goal.
All European and extra-European national phoniatric societies and organisations can become regular EAP members provided they recognise the definition of phoniatrics in the UEP by-laws. Decisions of EAP must be in accordance with the charters of UEMS.
The academy gives a discount of the participation fees for UEP members in the academy’s activities and gives them a preferential consideration when the participants number is restricted. It also gives them a preferential access to further academy services.