The CESMA is an advisory body of the UEMS created in 2007 with an aim to provide recommendation and advice on the organisation of European examinations for medical specialists at the European level.
It was called in the beginning the "Glasgow group" referring to the first meeting held in Glasgow. It was then decided to adopt the name CESME (Council of European Specialist Medical Examinations). This name was finally changed to CESMA (Council of European Specialist Medical Assessment)
Its main role is to:
The CESMA adopted in Glasgow a declaration setting the basic rules governing European Examinations. The "Glasgow Declaration" was signed by the following UEMS Specialist Sections: Neurosurgery; Nuclear Medicine; Orthopaedics and Traumatology; Paediatric Surgery; Pathology;Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery; Pneumology; Urology and Vascular Surgery
In 1984 the first European Diploma Examination was established. This was the EDA European Diploma of Anaesthesiology. Today more than 30 disciplines have European Examinations:
While the European Examinations organised under UEMS aegis are not to be considered as formal qualifications, their quality and renown have increased significantly over the past few years. As a result, some Countries recognize European examinations as part of their national examination.
Documents & presentations from CESMA meetings are available here