Dear friends and colleagues,
Times evolve and the first year as EBA president has passed rapidly. During the past two years the Executive Committee has met twice in Amsterdam and in Rotterdam, the latter during the 2nd EBA Educational Course. The main theme of the course was “Innovations in Burn Care”.
Dr. Kees van der Vlies, president of the 2nd EBA Educational Course and current Secretary of EBA organized a superb course with an outstanding program. With the help of Congress Care the event moved smoothly with great acceptance of the audience.
We will meet again for the 3rd EBA Educational Course in Zürich in 2020, with our Vice-President Dr. Clemens Schiestl as local host. Still, our next educational event shall be the 18th EBA Congress to be held at the Marina Congress Center in Helsinki (Congress President, Dr Jyrki Vuola). It is time to start working in abstract preparation and for that I encourage you to visit our congress website www.eba2019.org regularly for further updates. Let’s make the Helsinki Congress the best EBA congress ever. All members and guests are the main actors for such success.
A new version of the EBA Guidelines are being prepared by the Guidelines Committee, chaired by our Italian ExCo Member Dr. Nadia Depetris. The new guidelines are progressing well and will be ready for presentation in Helsinki.Another important focus for attention has been the Disaster Committee. With the help of Dr. Stian Almeland (Chair) and the rest of the committee members a draft proposal for an European Burn Mass Disasters Plan has been outlined. Dr Almeland and colleagues have been meeting regularly in Brussels with members of the European Commission to make impressive progress on this issue. The last step was a joint meeting in Bucharest with the Romanian Authorities, DG-ECHO-European Commission and EBA to discuss and review the proposal. Hopefully we will be able to present in Helsinki the final version of the European Burn Mass Disaster Plan. One of the main actors of the plan, among others, is Burn Centre Verification. In order to pursue in this direction I encourage all Burn Centres in Member States to apply for verification.
The PAM Committee/Prevention Committee have been also meeting regularly and progressing in delineating the future of Burn Care in Europe. For the progress of their actions I refer you to the PAM Newsletter.
Another focus of attention during the past year has been the development of our own EBA journal. Contacts have been made with different publishers in order to oversee the different options available. However, following the open access movement, and publishers and European experts advice, any future journal project shall follow the open access initiative.
See you all in Helsinki next September 2019!
Juan P. Barret, MD, PhD