On 3 October 1987, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) was born as a non-profit association at a signing ceremony held at the Bâtiment Jean Monnet in Luxembourg. Thus, the Academy has now passed its 30 th anniversary. However, the progress towards its launch was not always plain sailing and the gestation period lasted some four years!
Martin M Black, EADV Past-President
The account by Hans Rothenborg below gives considerable insight into the difficulties involved in the development of the EADV project. Of all the many individuals involved Hans deserves considerable credit. His early appreciation of the continuing success of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and its promotion of continuous medical education (CME) led him to the view that develop- ment of CME within Europe was a goal worth pursuing. Hans had developed personal friendships with Walter Larsen and other dermatologists in the Portland, Oregon area and, ultimately, they were able to tap into advice from the AAD itself. EADV has always had good professional relationships with the AAD, and this had stemmed from these early meetings in 1983 and 1984. Hans’ account itemises the difficulties encountered in the formation of EADV and is testimony to his persistence and fortitude in driving the project to fruition. Our Academy owes him a considerable debt of gratitude!
This account mostly deals with some of the very early circumstances and events which gave rise to the EADV idea. These have never been put on paper and, since EADV has now turned 30 and I am over 90, the time has come to outline the history of its formation.
Hans W Rothenborg, founding member and EADV Past-President
As some of the younger EADV members may be slightly uncertain about the history behind the Common Market (as it was then known), its institutions and offspring, I will give a brief outline as this is the framework within which we operate. The European Economic Community (EEC) was created in 1957 by the Treaty of Rome. Free exchange of services and the free movement of labour (including physicians) within the community were amongst its primary political goals. Consequently, the medical organisations and associations of the original