It is with great pleasure and pride that EFSMA announces that Sports Medicine has been introduced as a new category of specialist medical training in accordance with the Article 26 of Directive 2005/36/EC and point 5.1.3 of Annex V.
Qualifications in Sports Medicine from 11 Member States are included in this new category by fulfilling the requirements for specialist medical training set out in Article 25 and have a minimum training duration of four years.

Here you can find the Delegated Act, number 7894/24, included in ANNEX V of Directive 2005/36/EU which has been published on 1st June 2024:
Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2024/1395 of 5 March 2024 amending Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the evidence of formal qualifications and the titles of training courses (notified under document C(2024) 1357) (

The recognition of Sports Medicine in all Europe has always been the main objective of EFSMA, a long roadmap started in 2005 by its former President, Prof. Norbert Bachl together with Prof. Fabio Pigozzi as Secretary General, and continued with the successive Presidents, Prof. Andrè Debruyne and the late Prof. Joseph Cummiskey together with their respective Executive Committees and the UEMS-MJC President for Sports Medicine, Prof. Nicolas Christodoulou.
An extraordinary goal that proves the added value of Sports Medicine, that is based on the medical screening for the certification, the education for a healthy lifestyle, the fight against non-transmittable diseases through the right prescription of physical exercise as a means of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.

In this moment of great satisfaction and joy, for all the member National Associations that have contributed to the fulfilment of this procedure and for the whole EFSMA Executive Committee, starting from President Maurizio Casasco, who has always devoted his full attention to this project since his first term as EFSMA President in 2019, doing the very best to promote and raise awareness on this topic, and from EFSMA Secretary General, Prof. Anca Ionescu.

The Meeting of the EFSMA Executive Committee has been held on 20th April 2024 in Istanbul, Turkey.

23-27 October 2024

At Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Meeting of the EFSMA Executive Committee has been held on 22nd July 2023 in Rome, Italy.

22-25 September 2022

At Guadalajara, Mexico

The Meeting of the EFSMA Executive Committee has been held on 12th November 2022 in Riga, Latvia.

During the Meeting President Maurizio Casasco and the Executive Committee members have mainly discussed about the state of art of Sports Medicine as specialty in Europe, following the achievement of the minimum number of Countries required for the official recognition - a great success for EFSMA that have been working hard for years to reach this goal.

Another important topic of the meeting has been the scientific programme for the next European Congress of Sports Medicine, that will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, on 19-21 October 2023.
Furthermore, the President has announced the Congress of the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine that will be held in Rome on 20-22 July 2023.

Following the election of the Executive Committee in May, the new members of the Scientific and Education Commission, chaired by Prof. Yannis Pitsiladis (UK), have been appointed: Evert Verhagen (NED), Wolfgang Schobersberger (AUT), Chiara Fossati (ITA), Herbert Löllgen (GER).

It was a special chance for the members to meet again and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Latvian Sports Medicine Association, also in occasion of the Lāčplēsis Remembrance Day, a commemoration of one of the most important victories during the Latvian War of Independence in 1919. On Lāčplēsis Day, Latvians light thousands of candles across the whole country and the EFSMA Executive Committee members had the opportunity to enjoy the celebration in Riga.


The Meeting of the Council of Delegates of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA) will be held on the occasion of the BASEM Annual Conference in Brighton (UK), on Thursday, 26th May 2022 at h. 17.00.