Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of EFOMP

Publication Date: May 1st, 2020 06:41, Category: EFOMP Announcements

2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of EFOMP!

Throughout the year we will be celebrating with online events and articles.

The first “EFOMP@40” event is a Birthday Cake competition, suggested by EFOMP’s Vice President, Paddy Gilligan.

If you would like to enter the competition, please bake and decorate a cake (!) and send a photo of the completed delicacy to pubcommittee@efomp.org, by the closing date of 17th May, 24:00 CET.

We will feature the entries via EFOMP’s social media and the best-looking cakes will be featured in a forthcoming issue of European Medical Physics News, the EFOMP newsletter. The Summer edition of the EMP News will be available online in the beginning of June. Happy baking and decorating!!

EFOMP also hosts  “Lockdown webinars” co organised with the Irish Association of Medical Physicists and contribution from EFOMP National Member Organisations (Sweden, UK, Germany,The Netherlands).

EMPnews will dedicate the Autumn edition to 'EFOMP@40'.



It took just twenty-seven months from the first initiative, by the Council of the Hospital Physicists' Association (H.P.A.) in February 1978, to reach agreement on the formation of the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics. Twelve months of correspondence was followed by an initial meeting in London in May 1979 at which organisations from fifteen countries were represented. At that meeting it was unanimously agreed to establish a Federation. A Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of Professor J.S. Orr was set up to draw up a draft constitution and working parties were formed to consider professional matters, education and training and publications. The draft constitution of the proposed Federation was circulated to all interested national organisations and at a second meeting held in London, from 7th-9th May 1980, the constitution was formally accepted by delegates representing .the medical physics organisations of fourteen countries, who thus became the founder members of the Federation. Delegates from several organisations who at that time had not approved the proposed constitution were able to express the wish of their respective organisation to join the Federation at an early date.
Such rapid progress, brought about by the commitment of the national organisations involved and their willingness to work together, augurs well for the future of our Federation. But let no-one think that having formed a Federation there is no more work to be done - our labours have only just begun. The success of the Federation and its ability to represent and advance the profession of medical physics throughout Europe will depend entirely on the effort that both national organisations and individuals are prepared to make. John S.Clifton, 1st President of EFOMP, 
EMP News December 1980