Letter from the President
Rudi A. J. O. Dierckx
December 20, 2023
Dear EANM community,
Dear colleagues and friends,
As we enter the last quarter of 2023, please find the fourth presidential letter and update.
After a very successful EANM’23 Annual Congress in Vienna, Valentina Garibotto (EANM Congress Chair 2023–2025), the volunteers, and the Office are actively preparing next year’s Annual Congress. The EANM’24 will take place on October 19–23, 2024, in Hamburg, Germany. Please save the date in your calendars! ESMIT also concludes another fruitful year of education with a total number of 13,287 registrations for its events. We look forward to seeing you again in 2024 for another year full of enriching training opportunities. Once again, please keep in mind that most of the online programme ESMIT offers is free of charge, upon simple registration. The success of these two EANM flagships is also owed to the dedication of the EANM Committees and the enthusiastic engagement of participants coming from all over the world – thank you all for your efforts and for your interest!
Moreover, thanks to the hard work of the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee (PRAC), the EANM contributed for the first time ever in the European Commission’s revision of the Pharmaceutical Legislation. The PRAC provided feedback to ensure that the particularities of radiopharmaceuticals and the NM practice are considered in the new legislation. In this regard, I would also like to give a special thanks to the National Societies for their engagement. We sincerely hope that 2024 will mark the translation of this major effort into some new perspectives contributing to the improvement of our field and of our patients’ well-being.
Last but not least, the number of scanners accredited by the EANM Research GmbH (EARL) accreditation programmes increased this year, as they have become a must-have. EARL is also currently finalising a 177Lu SPECT-CT harmonisation programme and a new certification for Theranostics Centers of Excellence (CoE), which will be launched in 2024. Stay tuned for more updates!
EANM’s New Initiatives
This year, we embarked on a significant initiative and adapted the EANM structure to allow for more flexibility to address emerging topics, thematic gaps, and opportunities. This change was initiated following the ratification of the new EANM Statutes by the EANM Delegates’ Assembly and the EANM Members’ Assembly at the EANM’23.
In this new framework, Piloting Groups will evaluate and advise the Board for about three and up to six months on new potential topics for integration into the EANM. Piloting Groups on Artificial Intelligence, Optical Imaging, Theranostics and Young professionals have already reported, and the themes are being structurally embedded. New Piloting Groups, for example on Patients Involvement, Facilitating Research or Health Technology Assessment, are also being launched.
Committees will remain the main pillars for scientific content. They will also coordinate and rely more on Project Groups, whose composition will be totally flexible in terms of EANM membership, country of residence, and gender. These Project Groups will be formed to fulfil certain tasks within a given timeframe. Examples considered at this moment are Psychiatric Imaging, Radiation Synovectomy or Bone Densitometry.
The soon-to-be formally established Councils will be responsible for overarching topics such as Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Ethics, Guidelines and Publications (Procedures), and so forth. Councils also may rely on Project Groups for the fulfilment of certain tasks.
Thanks to this new structure, we plan to elevate our focus on various areas, such as the NM Workforce, ‘Quality, Safety and Standards’ or Patients’ Involvement. Stay tuned for further updates via the EANM’s newsletters and social media channels!
In 2023, many positions within the Board were taken up by new colleagues. In this regard, Wolfgang Wadsak is one of our few colleagues who has been on the EANM Board since 2019. Throughout these years, he has proven an exceptional commitment and dedication to the EANM. With the end of the year comes the conclusion of Wolfgang’s term of office after a total of five years as the EANM’s Secretary/Treasurer. Wolfgang has provided continuity and stability, especially regarding the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Taking his role of Secretary/Treasurer further, he has acted as a liaison officer with the National Delegates and joined me in 1-on-1 virtual meetings with them. He also brought up insightful input on Radiochemistry and Radiopharmacy. We are very grateful for his willingness to continue being engaged in the EANM in the future. I also look forward to working with his successor, Alexis Vrachimis. Alexis, who comes from Cyprus, will be joining the Board in January and will make use of his expertise to fulfil his new role.
Next year again some Board positions for 2025 will be available. As we need more colleagues volunteering for the EANM, we strongly encourage everyone to consider applying, according to the terms and conditions stipulated in the EANM Statutes §6.5.
To conclude, I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you who contributed to the EANM’s work in various capacities this year. We are deeply grateful for your support, and want to continue meeting the needs of the Nuclear Medicine community for the years to come. These are exciting times as many opportunities still lie ahead. Let us work together to make them reality.
Sending you my warmest wishes ahead for a joyful end of the year and a prosperous New Year 2024! Also on behalf of the whole EANM Board and the EANM Office.