In 1962 the national medical specialist organizations of the European Community (European Union) grouped together to form the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS). At the same time individual sections of the various medical specialties were formed under the umbrella of the UEMS, including a section of laboratory medicine. In 1988 a specialist section of Anatomo-Pathology was split off from this laboratory specialty. The main objective of this section was the harmonization of pathology practice in Europe. At the request of the UEMS, the different sections set up European Boards and in 1992 the European Board of Pathology was constructed but as there was an enormous overlap of activities between the specialist section of the UEMS and the European Board, it was decided that the UEMS-section Pathology should also act as the European Board of Pathology.
The objectives of the European Board of Pathology are:
- the harmonization of training in pathology in Europe
- the setting of minimal standards for training institutions and for those who are in charge of training
- the establishment of european board examinations
- to organize exchange facilities for trainees between recognized training institutions
- to study and advise on manpower in European Pathology
- to advise on quality control on a European basis