• Dr Angelique J. Goverde, Dr Tahir Mahmood CBE, Prof Fedde Scheele, Drs Jessica van der Aa

Pan-European training curriculum in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (PACT)

Welcome to the EBCOG-PACT!

The EBCOG-PACT is a project initiated by EBCOG for the development of a Pan-European training curriculum in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (PACT). It is funded by the European Union (Erasmus+) and will endure for three years. At the EBCOG council meeting on the 28th of November it was introduced to the council members and it was received well.

Here, you can find an introduction to the project and the planning.

Under the documents section you can find the Project Plan explaining the aims and outcomes of the project.


It is well known now that significant discrepancies still exist in women’s healthcare between EU Member States. Inequitable access to the delivery of healthcare has an economic and societal impact and there is a compelling need for improvement. EBCOG is committed to improving the health of women and the newborn babies by promoting the highest possible standards of care and training.

Therefore, we aim to develop a state of the art training curriculum for all European trainees in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. A core curriculum will be designed, constructed of basic knowledge, skills and attitudes in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. In addition, elective modules will be offered for areas of special interest. The new curriculum will also form the bedrock of the visiting and accreditation of training centers and Examination.

This framework of curriculum and accreditation will be designed to strengthen the quality of care within the specialty of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Europe and it will support the EU Commission’s vision for free movement of quality assured medical specialists across Europe.

This project will challenge us to define which elements are truly essential for being able to work as a gynaecologist wherever in Europe, and which elements determine a more local or national demand of practice. It will also challenge us to define the new demands and responsibilities of doctors such as collaboration, health advocacy et cetera, in response to a continuously changing society. And finally, it will challenge us to use a competency based framework as the backbone of the training curriculum.

The new curriculum is intended to be societally responsive. This means the content will be partially based on stake holder analysis amongst patients, community workers, midwives, nurses, hospital boards, governmental representatives and on a study of needs perceived by the professionals themselves. Moreover, the educational strategy will be based on the latest insights into workplace based learning, making use of modern technology to support learning and assessment, including faculty development.

The implementation of a pan-European curriculum will streamline the training within all the training units, thus ensuring that the health care delivered to women throughout Europe is of highest standard and in line with EBCOG’s aspirations. EBCOG is both proud and delighted to be undertaking this challenging, but crucial work.

We are counting on your cooperation.

Dr Angelique J. Goverde, Chair EBCOG Project Advisory Board

Dr Tahir Mahmood CBE, President of EBCOG

Prof Fedde Scheele, Project Leader

Drs Jessica van der Aa, Executive Project Manager

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