legal aspects for creating a non-profit, inter-European professional association, including where it could be situated and registered. Not unnaturally, it turned out that Prof Meinicke thought it would be nice if we could have the headquarters of a future EADV in his hometown of Munich. In the end that maybe proved unfortunate, as we found out that this idea was not really agreeable to his local colleagues. What about the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)? As I was going to the 42 nd AAD meeting in Chicago in December 1983, I thought that would be a good chance find out what the position of the AADmight be, if a new European “Sister Academy” appeared on the scene. That would be both pertinent and polite. I had already been a member of the AAD for many years and had, as mentioned, been to many of their meetings. So, I contacted one of my Portland, Oregon friends, Dr Walter Larsen, former AAD Secretary-Treasurer and at the time an AAD Board member, to ask if he could set up some sort of advisory “consultation” while I was in Chicago. A meeting was arranged between the AAD’s Executive Director, Bradford W Claxton, Dr Larsen and me. For support, I asked a Danish colleague in full-time private practice, Dr Niels Veien, to come along. He was also a longstanding AAD member, known and respected and fluent in American-English. His American wife, Karen, used to help correct my English in important letters and documents for UEMS. Our American counterparts promised us full co-operation if and when the European Academy came into being. We would also be able to draw upon the AAD’s expertise and experience, both with regards to the organisation and recognition of meetings. We were advised not to expand too quickly and to concentrate on CME in the beginning. If we would submit our future meeting programmes to the CME Review Committee for recognition in advance, AAD members would get their CME credits if they attended our meetings. We were also advised that by supplying quality CME, we might expect a slowly growing influence and respect, such as had indeed happened for the AAD! I asked for and it was promised, that all our D-V Section delegates should be sent programmes for the next AAD mee- ting, so they might get an impression of the extensive CME activity of the AAD. 18 th D-V Section meeting in Brussels on 8 September 1984 We had an almost full-day discussion of the survey of existing CME in the EEC, which we had com- missioned in Athens. It showed quite clearly that although in some countries there was already an established, regular and well-developed CME tradition, in others it was scant and underfinanced and in several EEC countries there was nothing. In conclusion there was a unanimous decision that this proved, that there was indeed a place for “our” European Academy. All the delegates then undertook to ask their own parent organisation: a) Whether they would accept and co-operate with our plans for the new Academy b) Whether they would be willing to give us financial support for the first few years for the necessary groundwork, either a fixed sum or a per capita amount. I then gave a report of the meeting I had had with the AAD officials. As the contact I had made with our American colleagues was found to be very useful and ought to be developed, I was asked to arrange a repeat performance with a fuller representation from our side. So, shortly after the Brussels meeting I wrote to Brad Claxton to ask if we might have one more consultation at the upcoming AAD meeting. The answer was affirmative. So, we had a second mee- ting with them in December 1984, in Washington DC, during the AAD’s 43 rd annual meeting. The AAD representatives were the Chairman of the International Committee, Dr John Epstein; the Editor of the “Blue Journal”, Dr J Graham Smith; the Secretary-Treasurer-elect, Stephen Webster; and the Executive Director, Brad Claxton. From our side were Prof Meinicke, Prof Panconesi, Dr Parisis, Dr Michel Delune and me. All promises made the previous year were reiterated. Furthermore, symbo- lic of the positive attitude of our US negotiating partners, they all offered to come at their own cost to our first meeting to give lectures!