Information concerning the Examination of the International Board of Dermatopathology in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, on December 8, 2007, which is held under the auspices of the UEMS Sections of Pathology and Dermato-venerology.
Location for the Examination (
morning and afternoon session):
"Klinikum der J.W.Goethe - Universitaet Frankfurt/Main, Senckenbergisches Institut f. Pathologie"
(Institute of Pathology) - Buiding 6B
( near the main entrance ), Theodor-Stern-Kai 7,
60590 Frankfurt/M.,Germany.

Further information :



The European Union of Medical Specialists (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes; UEMS) Section of Pathology and the UEMS Section of Dermato-Venereology have reached an agreement on a Dermatopathology Examination as indicated under II of this document.

Optimal quality of dermatopathology should be achieved in the interest of patients. To reach this quality a well-structured collaboration between dermatologists and pathologists is a prerequisite. An examination in dermatopathology under the guidance of both UEMS Sections would be instrumental in raising the standards of dermatopathology.

I. Considerations

1. Dermatopathology is based on clinicopathologic correlations and is concerned with diagnostic and investigative examination of skin tissue, adjacent mucous membranes, cutaneous appendages, hair, nails and subcutaneous tissues by histological, immunohistological, electronmicroscopical and molecular techniques. It is an area of special interest for pathologists and dermatologists for which both are trained in dermatopathology. The training includes diagnostic histopathology in a department of pathology and clinical dermatology in a department of dermatology.

2. The objectives of the UEMS include the promotion of the quality of patient care through the harmonization and improvement of medical training and the encouragement and facilitation of continuing medical education for specialists in the countries of the European Union. The UEMS Specialist Sections have produced charters on specialist training, visitations of training programs and continuing medical education.

3. The UEMS Sections of Pathology and Dermato-Venereology have expressed their willingness to stimulate and facilitate harmonization of dermatopathology in Europe. Although a bi-specialty charter could not be reached yet both Sections still have a positive attitude towards a well-structured collaboration.

4. Recently joint proposals for the regulation of the activity of dermatologists in dermatopathology which includes prerequisites for post-graduate training of dermatologists and requirements for training institutes and examination have been accepted by the professional organizations of both pathologists and dermatologists in Germany and France, and are being discussed in other countries including Austria, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

5. The International Committee for Dermatopathology (ICDP), under the auspices of the International League of Dermatological Societies, an official body of the WHO, has taken the initiative to organize in Frankfurt/M (Germany) the 1st and the 2nd International Examination in Dermatopathology in 2003 and 2004, respectively, under guidance of Prof. Dr. Helmut Kerl (Graz, Austria). These two examinations attracted candidates from both Dermatology and Pathology coming from all parts of the world.

6. The UEMS Section of Dermato-Venereology, which has supported the ICDP initiative, has approached the UEMS Section of Pathology in an attempt to harmonize the situation on the dermatopathology examination.
7. The UEMS Section of Pathology sent an observer to the second International Examination on Dermatopathology in Frankfurt/M, December 11, 2004. Concurrently, the presidents of the UEMS Section of Pathology and the UEMS Section of Dermato-Venereology have reconfirmed their intention for harmonization and have prepared a concept-agreement for this purpose.


1. Install a European Advisory Board for Dermatopathology (E-ABDP) under the auspices of the UEMS Section of Pathology and the UEMS Section of Dermato-Venereology with equal rights for each discipline.

2. The E-ABDP consists of four dermatopathologists from Pathology and four dermatopathologists from Dermatology who are selected by both UEMS Sections and are appointed for a period of three years, which can be renewed. The Presidents of both UEMS Sections are members ex officio. The President of the ICDP is an additional member of the E-ABDP ex officio, without voting rights.
A dermatopathologist is nominated as Secretary without voting rights.

3. The tasks of the E-ABDP are to guide the overall policy for the development of dermatopathology in Europe, in close collaboration with the UEMS Sections of Pathology and Dermato-Venerology, and to select the members of the ICDP-UEMS Examination Committee.

4. The ICDP-UEMS Examination Committee consists of two members ex officio (ICDP President and E-ABDP Secretary) and of four members selected by the E-ABDP (two from each discipline). The members are appointed for a period of three years which may be renewed. In addition, up to two non-European members can be nominated by the E-ABDP. A local organizer can be coopted as an external, non-voting member of the Committee.

5. The tasks of the ICDP-UEMS Examination Committee are to prepare, organize, and evaluate an international dermatopathology examination and present a progress report to E-ABDP. The Presidents of the two UEMS disciplines report to their respective Sections.

Prof.dr. Harald Gollnick Prof.dr. D.J. Ruiter
President, President,
UEMS Section of Dermato-Venerology UEMS Section of Pathology

August 2005


The following Road Map has been outlined:

a. Elaboration of the preamble, considerations and proposed agreement based on the preliminary proposal by the working group with representatives of both disciplines led by the Presidents of the two UEMS Sections (Graz, April 9, 2005).

b. Nomination of official observers at the 3rd International Dermatopathology Examination to be held in Frankfurt/M in December 10, 2005.

c. Formal approval of the Concept Agreement (April 9, 2005) by the UEMS Pathology and Dermato-Venereology Sections. The UEMS Task Group Dermatopathology of the Section of Pathology has agreed on the preliminary proposal of December 2004. The UEMS Section Dermato-Venereology has agreed (April 2, 2005) on the preliminary proposal of December 2004.d.
Formal letters by both sections will be sent to each other with the acceptance of the Concept Agreement. The next annual Examination in Frankfurt/M, December 10, 2005, will be organized as previously by the ICDP and supported by the UEMS.

d. Nomination of E-ABDP members commencing 2006 should take place shortly after the exchange of letters and not later than July 1, 2005.

e. The inaugural meeting of the E-ABDP will take place in Frankfurt/M on Sunday morning, December 11, 2005. Rules of procedure have to be prepared in advance by the working group.

f. Nomination of the Examination Committee 2006-2008 by the E-ABDP. Selection of the venue for the examinations 2006-2008 and contact and liaise with a Local Organizer.

g. The 4th International Dermatopathology Examination in 2006 will be prepared by the Examination Committee and organized by the E-ABDP under the auspices of both UEMS Sections.

European Advisory Board for Dermatopathology (preliminary proposal)
UEMS-Section Dermato-Venereology UEMS, Section Pathology
President, UEMS-D President, UEMS-P
Helmut Kerl (Austria) Martin Cook (UK)
Rino Cerio (England) Marco Santucci (Italy)
Felix Offner (Austria)

President, ICDP (G.Burg, Switzerland), without voting rights
Secretary (selected by the E-ABDP) without voting rights

ICDP-UEMS Examination Committee (preliminary proposal)
President ICDP (ex officio): G. Burg
Secretary E-ABDP (ex officio)
Maureen Walsh (P) (UK)
Birgitte Bruun Rasmussen (P) (Denmark)
Helmut Kerl (D) (Austria)
Heinz Kutzner (D) (Germany)
Bruce Smoller (DP) (US)
Local Organizer (external, non-voting)

Examination 2006 – preliminary proposal for Board Members

1. Precise guidelines (including syllabus, curriculum and evaluation standards for the examination) will be prepared by the E-ABDP. The “grandfather clause” will be valid until these guidelines will be ready and approved.

2. Two years training in dermatopathology after board certification in either pathology or dermatology are considered sufficient in the transition period. This must be supported in writing by the training supervisor.

3. Clear indications on the pass mark should be available to all the examiners.

4. The standard required to pass the examination should be that of a competent, independent dermatopathologist.

5. All parts of the examination should be passed, but each part can be repeated separately once in case of failure in that part.

6. The examination can be repeated for a maximum of 3 times. After 3 failures the candidates can appeal to the E–ABDP to resit the examination.

7. Questions (incl. slides) missed by >50% of the candidates will not be counted in the evaluation.

8. Evaluation sheets should be anonymized by preprinted codes (number with initials).

9. An annual report should be prepared by the members of the ICDP-UEMS Examination Committee and presented to the E-ABDP by the Secretary. The analysis of the report by the E-ABDP to the UEMS will influence future policies concerning training centers, curriculum, charter of visitations and preparation of the examination in the future.