Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine | UEMS

(as of October 2011)


1. Definition

1.1 The Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine, herein after called MJCSM is a Committee set up by the UEMS specialist sections of Urology,  Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Psychiatry and functions within the frame-work of their respective statutes and bylaws. (Additional sections may join in the future if they wish,  if they are relevant to the field of sexual medicine).

2. Objectives

2.1    The main objective is to guarantee the highest standards of care in the field of Sexual Medicine in the countries of the  European Union and associated European countries, by ensuring that the training in sexual medicine is raised to the optimal level.

This shall be achieved by the following means:
2.1.1    The MJCSM shall make proposals for the quality of training and for the syllabus for Sexual Medicine.
2.1.2    The MJCSM shall make recommendations on the standards required for the training of physicians who practice Sexual Medicine and on the maintenance of such standards.
2.1.3    The MJCSM shall recommend the criteria to which the training centres of Sexual Medicine should conform.
2.1.4    The MJCSM shall examine the real content and quality of training in the different countries of the EU, and associated countries.
2.1.5    The MJCSM shall set up a system for assessment of training in Sexual Medicine.
2.1.6    The MJCSM shall promote Continuous Professional Development in Sexual Medicine.
2.1.7    The MJCSM shall facilitate the exchange of trainees between training centres of the various countries of the EU and associated countries to ensure a better harmonisation and quality of training.
2.1.8    The MJCSM shall recommend standards to facilitate the free movement of physicians who practice sexual medicine throughout the EU and associated countries.

3. Relationship MJCSM and UEMS

3.1     The MJCSM shall report to UEMS.
3.2     UEMS shall be entrusted with communicating all opinions issuing from the MJCSM and the European Boards to the Standing Committee of European Doctors and the European Academy for Medical Training for opinion and sub-mission to the EU Commission.
3.3    UEMS shall officially communicate with the MJCSM and the affiliated UEMS Sections on behalf of EU bodies.
3.4    The MJCSM shall submit the bylaws to the UEMS, to ensure cohesion between the various medical specialities.


4. Relationship between the MJCSM and the parental organisations

4.1    The MJCSM shall report to the parental organisations (EBU, EBCOG, EBPsych and other boards who participate in the MJCSM in the future).
4.2    The MJCSM shall submit the bylaws to the parental organisations (EBU, EBCOG, EBPsych and other boards who participate in the MJCSM in the future).

5. Functions of MJCSM

5.1.    The MJCSM shall recommend the content of training programmes, the access for training and technical knowledge and skills for sexual medicine.
5.2.    The MJCSM may issue a certificate of recognition of quality of the training programme.
5.3.     Prior to entry into training in Sexual Medicine, candidates should be accredited in a medical specialty relevant to the practice of Sexual Medicine. Such specialties include Urology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and General Practice, although this is not a comprehensive list.
5.4.    The MJCSM shall determine the standards for training and assessment in sexual medicine
5.5.    Successful candidates will be awarded on behalf of the MJCSM the title of “Fellow of the European Board of Sexual Medicine” (FESEXMED).
5.6.    It is desirable that the MJCSM will reach agreement with National authorities that the qualification should be recognised as proof of the content, quality and relative equivalence of training.
5.7.     Within the EU, this recognition of quality should foster free movement of physicians trained in sexual medicine.
5.8.     The Commission is invited to approve this initiative and consider it as a factor in achieving free movement.

6. Composition of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine

6.1      The UEMS Sections of Urology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Psychiatry shall have equal representation in the MJCSM. Each will have 2 representatives. Other boards having a direct interest in the training of Sexual Medicine may apply for representation through the UEMS Executive Bureau or the MJCSM.
6.2      Representatives from the EBU, EBCOG,and EB Psych (and other Boards who join in the future) shall have a mandate to negotiate on behalf of their Executive Boards and shall report to their Boards.
6.3     The MJCSM will include 5 representatives of the European Society of Sexual Medicine (ESSM), one of them trainee, it being the professional body for practising physicians in Sexual Medicine.
6.4     The MJCSM may invite experts and observers, who shall have consultative status.
6.5     A President, a Secretary and a Treasurer shall administer the MJCSM: the Secretary and Treasurer may be the same individual.
6.6    The MJCSM may form working committees.

7. Members of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine

7.1    All members shall be appointed for a period of 4 years (except the trainee, which will be appointed for shorter time) and may be re-elected.
7.2    The members should be members of, or be appointed by the Executive Boards of the EBU, EBCOG,or the ESSM (or other Boards that seek and achieve membership of the MJCSM).
7.3    The members should retire from office they have not been active in clinical work for 5 years.
7.4    All members should be involved in training.
7.5    All members should have been practising as a physician for at least 5 years.
7.6    If  members of the same Board are unable to attend two consecutive meetings, the respective Executive Board may be asked to appoint a replacement.

8. Voting rights

8.1    Each member of the MJCSM has the right to vote (including the representatives of the ESSM).
8.2.   Experts and observers have no right to vote.
8.3.   Only issues that have been presented in writing 2 weeks prior to a meeting of the MJCSM are eligible for voting.
8.4.   A member who cannot be present at a meeting, may notify the President in writing (letter, fax or email), or may be represented by any other member of the MJCSM.
8.5.    In case of equality of votes, the President has the deciding vote.

9. Executive of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine

9.1    The members of the MJCSM shall elect a President, Secretary and Treasurer from amongst its members. The Secretary and the Treasurer can be the same person. The President must be a representative of the EBU, EBCOG,or EBPsych (or other Boards that seek and achieve membership of the MJCSM) and should alternate every 4 years.
9.2    The term of office of the President is 4 years, not to be renewed. The other executives can be re-appointed every 4years.
9.3     President and Secretary shall not be the official representative of the same parental organisation.
9.4     The Officers shall establish the rules of procedure to be communicated to the General Secretary of UEMS as well as the EBU, the EBCOG,and other Boards that seek and achieve membership of the MJCSM).  
9.5     The Officers shall undertake the organisation of meetings, executions of decisions etc.
9.6     The Secretary shall be responsible for making records of the meetings and forward these to the Executives of the EBU, EBCOG,, EBPsych (and other Boards that seek and achieve membership of the MJCSM) and as well as the General Secretary of UEMS. All changes of membership, Officers, bylaws etc will be communicated to the UEMS.
9.7     The MJCSM shall meet twice a year, at least once a year.
9.8     One of the two representative of each board should attend the meeting.

10. Finances

10.1    The activities of the MJCSM will be financed through the European Society for Sexual Medicine, until otherwise decided by the European Society for Sexual Medicine. Expenses of the different Board representatives will have to be through their parentral organisation.
10.2    The Treasurer of the MJCSM shall make an annual financial review and budget, which will be presented to the Treasurers of the parental organisations and to the Treasurer of the European Society for Sexual Medicine for approval.
10.3    All income from activities undertaken by the MJCSM will be part of the budget.
10.4    The ESSM will pay the secretarial expenses of the MJCSM.
10.5    Reimbursement of expenses for members with consultative status will have to be through their parental organisation.  
10.6    Members will only be reimbursed for their travel and accommodation expenses, based on economy fares.

11. European Board of Sexual Medicine

11.1    In order to execute the objectives described in article 2, the MJCSM will create a working committee called the European Board of Sexual Medicine (EBSM).
11.2    The EBSM functions as a Working Committee of the MJCSM and functions within its framework.  
11.3    The members of the EBSM will be appointed by the MJCSM.
11.4    The members of the MJCSM are also members of the EBSM.
11.5    The EBSM has a Chairman who is appointed by the MJCSM for a period of 4 years.
11.6    The Chairman of EBSM reports to the MJCSM.
11.7    The main responsibilities of EBSM will be to:
           11.7.1. Define and update the syllabus
           11.7.2. Examine the content and quality of training in the different countries of the EU, and associated countries
           11.7.3 Create and maintain a pool of examination questions on sexual medi-cine
           11.7.4 Run the examination
           11.7.5 Establish a quality assurance process for the examination
11.8    The ultimate responsibility of any task performed by the EBSM remains with the MJCSM.