2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of EFOMP!

Dear Colleagues,

2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of EFOMP!

The draft constitution of the proposed Federation was circulated to all interested national organisations and at a meeting held in London, from 7th-9th May 1980, the constitution was formally accepted by delegates representing the medical physics organisations of fourteen countries, which thus became the founder members of the Federation.

In his inaugural article in the very first issue of European Medical Physics News, EFOMP’s first President, John S. Clifton, wrote: “The success of the Federation and its ability to represent and advance the profession of medical physics throughout Europe will depend entirely on the effort that both national organisations and individuals are prepared to make. The simple candle has a unique symbolism in civilisation, its flame representing simultaneously enlightenment, warmth and friendship and faith. The photograph below [shown in the article] shows Professor J.S. Orr in the act of lighting what will surely be known in future as the EFOMP candle, a decision which we all believe to be a significant step in the development of the profession of medical physics throughout Europe”.

Indeed, the symbolic act of lighting the candle marked the formal inauguration of EFOMP, which has continued to grow in its membership, remit and influence in the intervening four decades.

Throughout the year we will be celebrating with online events and articles. The first “EFOMP@40” events are a Birthday Cake competition and a Lockdown Webinar, “Implementing a system for automated, remote quality assurance in CT, Radiography and Mammography”, the latter in association with IOMP’s International Medical Physics Week.

The President of EFOMP Marco Brambilla and the EFOMP board.

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