Angiology/Vascular Medicine is an emerging specialized medical practice rapidly growing in many European Countries. It encompasses pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation of arterial, venous lymphatic and microvascular diseases.
Vascular diseases are the largest cause of mortality in Europe, while knowledge on patho-physiology, biology, diagnostic procedures and therapies has grown enormously in this field over the last decade.
There are a relevant number of Units/Departments of Vascular Medicine/Angiology (A/VM) spread across nearly all European Countries.
In spite of this, it is still not widely recognised, and only a few countries have specific strategies for the rational development of A/VM Units, in line with patients’ and the population needs.
One of the main aims of VAS is the recognition of Angiology/Vascular Medicine in Europe, as well as in individual countries.
UEMS , the European Union of Medical Specialists, represents more than 50 medical disciplines and sets standards for high quality healthcare practice that are transmitted to the Authorities and Institutions of the EU .
In 2000 the problem of Angiology/Vascular Medicine was raised for the first time by VAS and the creation of an Angiology /Vascular Medicine Division was proposed within the UEMS.
VAS obtained the UEMS Division of Angiology/Vascular Medicine approved by the UEMS Council, a fundamental development in the recognition of this specialty in Europe and in individual countries (1st Board Meeting, 2008). Documents with the definition of Angiology/Vascular Medicine and the requirements for training in the specialty (Chapter 6) and its general guidelines (Policy Statement) were pproved by the UEMS Council 2012.
CESMA- UEMS Board also approved the BEEAVM, Board of European Exam in Angiology/Vascular Medicine and the first CESMA-UEMS Exam in Angiology /Vascular Medicine to obtain the CESMA-UEMS European Diploma in Angiology/Vascular Medicine was organized (Milan, 2012).
The institution of the VAS Certification process followed by UEMS Accreditation of European Training Centres, according to new published criteria was also approved in 2012.