EDF statement on the situation in Ukraine


Alongside our friends and colleagues across Europe, we have watched with great concern and sadness as the terrible events have unfolded over the past several weeks following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.


As a non-profit professional European organization dedicated to improving the healthcare needs of dermatology patients in Europe and to providing independent advice and facilitate communication between dermatologists and European organizations concerned with improving the quality of skin care including industry, academia, government, patient organizations and society, the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) expresses its solidarity with the people of Ukraine. In line with our European Dermatological, Venereology and Research Colleagues in the EADV and ESDR, we stand together with those affected by this conflict and extend our heartfelt support to all healthcare professionals, patients and citizens. We suspect that the impact of this conflict will be widespread and we urge national and international organizations to consider offering support to all those affected.


We desperately hope that the situation will dissolve quickly and peacefully to prevent further tragic and unnecessary losses and suffering. More than ever, solidarity and unity are essential. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian population and our colleagues.


Prof. Nick Reynolds
EDF President


Prof. Antonio Costanzo
EDF Secretary-General and Vice-President


Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak


Dear EDF members,


The coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is rapidly spreading all over the world and is a big concern for the public health. While ad hoc guidelines are not available yet, dermatologists are facing the dilemma of how to approach patients under treatment with biologics and/or immunosuppressants, or in need for these therapies. Although clinicians can still make individually based decisions, or be guided by their own health service, the EDF invites you to consider the statements released by the International Psoriasis Council (IPC) and the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).






Secure-AD registry


The EDF invites physicians to register COVID-19 positive atopic dermatitis patients whether or not on systemic medication.



European Dermatology Forum


The practice of dermatology has, over the past 30 years, been distinguished by its transition from provision of essentially empirical treatments to a practice in which rational therapies, based on enhanced knowledge of the pathogenesis of disease, are administered. Coincidentally, the boundaries between organ specific specialities such as our own have become blurred. Thus there is now great overlap with numerous other medical disciplines.


Our aim


Recognising the need to address these issues, seven academic dermatologists, all heads of university departments, formed the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) in 1997 as a non-profit professional organisation dedicated to improving the healthcare needs of dermatology patients in Europe. At its inception the EDF published a document setting out its mission and this continues to remain at the core of its activities.


Mission Statement


To implement actions aimed at preventing skin disease and improving the quality of healthcare for dermatologic & venereologic patients in Europe, notably by strengthening the position and reducing the health economic impact of dermato-venereology and its several subspecialties such as allergology and dermato-oncology to the benefit of our patients and our profession.


The European Dermatology Forum (EDF)

A non-profit professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for Dermatology patients in Europe...

EDF Guidelines

Under the guidance of the EDF Guideline Committee the EDF has,
to date, published more than 35 guidelines on the management of skin disease.



Cyberderm is an interactive, systematic and case-oriented multilingual online e-learning platform...

Euroderm Excellence


For many years the EDF is organizing a highly appreciated training program for European Residents in dermatology & venereology. The intensiv course is delivered to a selected ›100 final-year Dermatology residents, by several Professors of Dermatology and specialists in their field from all across Europe. The aim is to contribute to a high-level of pan-European education in dermatology & venereology and its subspecialties and to help to harmonize the level of knowledge according to the European training charter for medical specialities.



Harmonized European Dermato-Venereology Undergraduate blended LEARNing Implementation and Training

The aim of the project concerns the harmonization of the undergraduate training in the medical discipline dermato-venereology in Europe.
About 20-25% of all physician consultations refer to problems of the skin. Thus Dermato- Venereology reflects a very important core component in the undergraduate training of medical students. However, after graduation less than 3% of doctors in Europe are going to specialize in the field of Dermato-Venereology.

White Book


The European Dermatology Forum (EDF) launches the 6th edition of its White Book: "The Challenge of Skin Diseases in Europe" (Edition 2020).