The recognition of qualifications and mobility across European Union countries are among the main subjects to be discussed at the EPBS (European Association for Professionals in Biomedical Science) Symposium, which will take place on October 12th and 13th, at the Mercure Hotel in Figueira da Foz.

A non-profit international association, EPBS was founded in 1999 with the aim of promoting best practices among biomedical science professionals in Europe. It currently gathers 21 countries, among them Portugal, through the Sindicato Nacional dos Técnicos Superiores das Áreas de Diagnóstico e Terapêutica (National Union of Superior Technicians of the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Areas).

EPBS currently represents 250 000 professionals in biomedical sciences.

The meeting will bring together active and influential stakeholders, as well as the professional and academic community from various countries.



In addition to the Symposium, Portugal will be the host of the EPBS Council Meeting, where the election of the new President of the organization will take place. Fernando Mendes, current Secretary General of the organization, is the only candidate.


The Director of the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences of the School of Health Technology of Coimbra, and member of the National Board of the Sindicato Nacional dos Técnicos Superiores das Áreas de Diagnóstico e Terapêutica, thus becomes the first Portuguese to run this association.


Fernando Mendes holds a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Coimbra, a professor at the School of Health Technology in Coimbra, and is a member of the European Association of Biomedical Sciences Professionals since 2001.