Recognition and Status of Medical Oncology

On March 3, 2011 the European Commission announced that medical oncology had been included among the medical specialities covered by Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. The decision was taken after several years of intense discussion between ESMO, key national societies and EU Member States

ESMO has worked very actively for the inclusion of medical oncology in the EC Directive:

  • To assure all cancer patients have access to optimal treatment and care
  • Because high-level qualification is a way to ensure high-quality treatment
  • To assure the recognition of high professional qualification
  • To help to spread and share knowledge, experience, and expertise

ESMO promotes the international recognition and definition of medical oncologists as those who are trained in the management of cancer patients and deliver cancer therapies.

Medical oncologists work as part of the integrated, multidisciplinary team and play a pivotal role in collaborating with primary care, clinical oncologists, and other medical and surgical specialists in the cancer centre and unit.