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.



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The European Dermatology Forum (EDF)

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

Annual Meetings

The EDF organizes a 2-day Annual General Meeting in January with a rich scientific program including plenary lectures, thematic symposia, industry symposia, EDF working group meetings and reports, as well as reports from its European Sister Societies.

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.

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.

White Book

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