Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) is a global term used to encompass urinary and anal incontinence, lower urinary tract symptoms, urogenital prolapse and genitourinary symptoms of the menopause.
PFD is a common condition which is known to increase with age and affects millions of women leading to a significant impairment in terms of Quality of Life. In addition, whilst the PFD is common many women may suffer in silence without seeking medical assistance.
In order to treat patients adequately, specialists must have a profound understanding and knowledge of pelvic floor disorders that may not achieved in general training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G). Many clinicians across the European Union recognise that they do not have adequate knowledge of urogynaecology and therefore lack confidence when managing women with pelvic floor dysfunction. At present only a few countries in Europe provide dedicated subspecialty training in urogynaecology to Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
The European Urogynaecological Association (EUGA) is an organisation whose aim is to facilitate awareness, learning and study of all aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction in women. Through the Annual Scientific meeting, CME-accredited training courses and other Europe-wide professional networking opportunities, the aim of EUGA is to promote the subspecialty of Urogynaecology throughout Europe.
The Education Committee is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with affiliated societies, in order to promote joint educational courses and activities to further the knowledge of urogynaecology including public awareness, prevention, diagnosis and management of all aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction.
EUGA Patronage is carried out through the use of the EUGA logo on flyers, leaflets, publications and publicity materials. The authority who can grant or deny the patronage is the EUGA Publication Committee which reserves the right to consult with the Executive Committee.
In order for the patronage to be granted, the event must be compliant with the following:
– It must be of international or national nature;
– The President of the event and/or the Coordinator of the Scientific Committee must be a EUGA member;
– A local EUGA representative should preferably attend the Opening Ceremony to bring EUGA official greetings;
– The aim of the event must concern the urogynaecological field;
– The Scientific Programme must be attached to the request of patronage;
– Place and date must be included in the Scientific Programme;
– According to Medtech, EFPIA and UEMS procedures any supports from commercial partners must be clearly disclosed in the last/back cover page of the programme;
– It should preferably release EACCME points.
– Speakers dedicated to Urogynaecology, who act as representatives in this subspecialty in their countries.
– At least 50% of the speakers must be current EUGA members.
– At least one of the Faculty members must be involved in one of the EUGA committees.
– The Scientific programme must comply with international guidelines.
– The submitter must be aware that suggestions and modifications can be proposed by the EUGA Executive and Education Committees.