Welcome to UEMS PRM Section and Board

This is the official website of the UEMS PRM Section and Board. You will find here all updated information about the activities of the Board and the Section's Committees:

  • European Board of PRM: Education (initial teaching and training, CME/CPD, accreditation of European PRM teaching and training events). President: Prof. Maria Gabriella Ceravolo (Italy).
  • Clinical Affairs Committee: Quality of Care, based on the concept of PRM Programmes of Care. Chairman: Dr. Mark Delargy (Ireland).
  • Professional Practice: Fields of Competence. Chairman: Prof. Enrique Varela Donoso (Spain).

In Memoriam of Prof. Alex Chantraine


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of Prof Alex Chantraine, honorary professor at the University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine.

He dedicated most of his life to the scientific advancement of PRM discipline, acting as President of the UEMS section for PRM from 1994 to 1998 and afterwards, as President of the European Board of PRM from 1998 to 2000. From 1999 he was the chairman for the certification of training centers / site visits.

We will always remember his kind attitude and his struggle to promote rehabilitation quality in Europe.

Our sincere condolences and all our sympathy go to his family in these moments of mourning and sadness.

Clinical Affairs Committee

The Clinical Affairs Committee of the UEMS PRM Section focusses on Quality of Care in PRM practice.

The Clinical Affairs Committee of the UEMS Section of PRM (CAC) was set up in 2001, at the suggestion of Prof. Veronika Fialka-Moser (Austria). Its mission is to promote quality of care in PRM throughout European countries. Under the chairmanship of Prof. Bengt Sjölund (Sweden), the committee discussed different ways to achieve this ambitious goal. Without resources from external funding source, the first development committee decided to develop an Accreditation process for PRM Programmes of Care based on volunteering contributions by UEMS PRM participants and other specialist reviewers. In the absence of a funded secretariat the UEMS PRM CAC accreditation review process is wholly dependent our Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine volunteers. CAC is very grateful for the generous contributions in time and clinical expertise offered by our accreditation reviewers. This current rehabilitation template owes much to the major contribution and developmental work over many years by our past CAC chairman Dr Georges de Korvin (France)

After refinement over several versions, the procedure has reached the current 2018 template driven approach. This accreditation process is based on peer-review of a thorough written description of your PRM Programme of Care. Applicants are asked to provide this comprehensive information using a common template, which can be downloaded from this website. 

From 2018 it is kernel to the application process that each applicant should present their application in the first instance to the National Manager who is your nominated delegate at UEMS PRM. The National Manager should then provide written verification to confirm to UEMS PRM CAC that the programme content, staffing and resources are as described in the application template. This verification element of the CAC application process is essential because currently the CAC does not have the resources to conduct accreditation inspections to each applying programme.

Within the limitation of a paper based accreditation process the UEMS PRM CAC template has proven to be robust and can be applied to widely different clinical situations. CAC  believes that the accreditation process is sensitive to the differences that exist within PRM practice in our member countries. Our accreditation process puts much emphasis on the medical  contribution to rehabilitation care for the patient. The process begins with an accurate diagnosis followed by the appropriate treatment designed to achieve the best outcome from comprehensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation. The rehabilitation application should describe the programme structure, goals and content. The accreditation process will review the organizational aspects including the manpower and technical equipment required by the programme.

Registration for PRM Trainees

Trainees in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine can register with the European PRM Board of UEMS from the first year of their training. Registration is free and is submitted online.

The Board encourages trainees to register and benefit from special privileges including free or low cost teaching programmes, the dedicated newsletter and free educational material.