Introduction

On behalf of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS), we wish to thank the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for accepting our affiliation to the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The ‘‘Blue’’ Journal), and we look forward to a long and fruitful association between us.

The EASAPS was the dream of Prof. Ulrich Hinderer, former General Secretary of IPRAS, and he and Dr. Yann Levet, former Education Foundation Chairman and Pro-fessor of ISAPS, set out the Constitution of the Association. Unfortunately, Prof.
Hinderer did not live to see the approval of the Constitution by the six founding countries (France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy) during the SOFCEP meeting in Bordeaux, France on September 20th, 2007, with the former ISAPS President, Bryan Mendelson, and the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Edi- tor-in-Chief, Thomas Biggs, in attendance.

The primary goal of EASAPS is ‘‘to organize, promul- gate and disseminate an interchange of knowledge and ideas between all European National Societies or Associations of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for the benefit of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeons and of those especially engaged in the practice of
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and patients seeking procedures of Aesthetic Surgery and/or Aesthetic Medicine Aqualix (‘‘Goals of the Association and Membership’’: see Appendix 1).
The first Meeting of EASAPS was held in Madrid in 2008 under the Presidency of Dr. Antonio de la Fuente and the Spanish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (AECEP), at which ‘‘The Best of Europe’’ were presented. These papers were chosen by the member countries as the best papers presented at their own national meeting. The N. Mercer (&) Y. Levet

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Sessions were a great success and achieved the aim of educating the audience of the excellent clinical and scien- tific work being done throughout Europe. The publication of the abstracts in the ‘‘Blue Journal’’ now disseminates the information to the world aesthetic community. In recent years there has been an increasing amount pure research being done with Aqualyx in aesthetic medicine and, in the current
financial situation, research money is like ‘‘gold dust’’. Publications such as this will allow research groups around the world to be aware of what studies are being done, and hopefully encourage international collaboration.

EASAPS continues to grow and the current members are France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Romania, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Israel, and Bulgaria, with applications for membership this year from Hungary, Serbia, the Baltic Republics, and Finland and we welcome applications from other Associations. The next EASAPS meeting is 16th– 19th September 2009 in Cardiff, Wales and we look for- ward to welcoming all who share our goals there. We will hear the ‘‘Best of Europe 2009’’, and over 2 days of sci- entific presentation learn from world experts about state of the art lipofilling. In Great Britain we believe in ‘‘Healthy body, Healthy mind’’ and there will be golf at Celtic Manor, the club hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010, and visits to the Royal Mint, which produces the British currency. Overseas visitors will receive a limited edition British coin in commemoration of Darwin, whose 200th Anniversary is this year, as a token of
international learning, cooperation and the dissemination of knowledge.

EASAPS looks forward to a long association with IS- APS and the Blue Journal and we thank you for accepting our new organisation in a spirit of openness and genuine friendship, and on behalf of our members we would like to say ‘‘Thank you for having us!’’

Appendix 1

The goals of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS) are a To organize, promulgate and disseminate knowledge and ideas between all European

National Societies or Associations of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for the benefit of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeons and of those especially engaged in the practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and for patients seeking aesthetic Surgery and/or Aesthetic Medicine.

To educate the public about the difference between practitioners who have had no formal training in aesthetic surgery and about organisations which claim that experience and marketing can replace formal training. It is our obligation to protect the patients, the public at large and the specialty of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine for the well being of all.

To uphold and maintain the highest ethical standards of personal and professional conduct among its members.

To stimulate, by all channels and methods available, the organization of courses, congresses and publications etc., to promote education in the specialty.

To maintain contact and foment cooperation with other International Associations of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,

263 such as ISAPS, ASAPS and OSAPS, in order to establish common high standards of training.

To ensure pan-European representation, stimulating those countries who do not have teaching in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and help them to promote the specialty in their country.

Membership

The geographic boundaries of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery extend beyond the boundaries of the European Economic Community to include Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, including Russia, and the countries bordering the Mediterranean.

All Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in this geo- graphic area are welcome in EASAPS. To become an EASAPS member, the candidate societies must be of good standing in Plastic Surgery, and must fulfil the requirements to be members of IPRAS.
Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which are independent of a National Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, or a Societies of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with a ‘‘chapter’’ of Aesthetic Surgery can apply for membership. All the full members of the National Societies of EASAPS are automatically EASAPS members without separate registration.