Of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
The European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery was founded in 1977. Formerly the Academy was known as The Joseph Society and as the European Academy of Facial Surgery. The organisation is a body of facial plastic surgery enthusiasts and an organisation that facilitates credentialing via fellowships and access to the European Board exams.
The EAFPS mission and purpose are to facilitate and contribute to the creation of a body of duly qualified surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.
Its objectives are to stimulate study, research and scientific advancement in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery between all the specialties that have common interests. These specialties typically being oto-rhino-laryngology, maxillo-facial surgery, ophthalmology and general plastic surgery.
The Academy is mainly for surgeons in Europe although it does have some interested members from outside Europe. The official language of the Academy is English. The Academy has been involved in the European Community in identifying facial plastic surgery as an entity.
The Academy is active in promoting appropriate training schemes for trainees in the subspecialty of facial plastic surgery to fulfil the EAFPS mission. There is a Postgraduate Fellowship Programme and opportunity to become members of the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies (IFFPSS). We have a common certification process. This process is based on and equal to the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) examination and rules for certification.
EAFPS Members enjoy a number of benefits
These include access to fellowships and certification (EBCFPRS and Board Exam), annual EAFPS meeting (at reduced registration rates), the official journals of the EAFPS: “Facial Plastic Surgery” and “JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery” (“Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery”), a number of excellent surgical courses held under the auspices of the EAFPS, and an interspecialty network of specialists that allows for quick and easy communication. The reduced rate of the journals alone pays for the membership and members find the professional development opportunities throughout the year to be invaluable.