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Consensus Meeting and Guideline Development

The ESPE Clinical Practice Committee (CPC) supports the development of consensus statements and guidelines. The CPC also meets with counterparts from the other international Pediatric Endocrine Societies to plan joint developments. In addition, the CPC also reviews guidelines produced by other societies for inclusion on the ESPE website.

The main aims of consensus meetings and guidelines: 

  • To address a specific clinical topic
  • To review all evidence on the management of that topic
  • To discuss the strength of this evidence and formulate management plans
  • To generate a concise, clear write-up that can be used widely in clinical management by ensuring its publication in a relevant journal
  • To highlight areas of management where evidence is lacking and research is required

ESPE consensus and guideline documents are developed using explicit methodology based on three core principles:

  • Development is carried out by multidisciplinary, nationally representative groups
  • A systematic review is conducted to identify and critically appraise the evidence
  • Recommendations are explicitly linked to the supporting evidence

Regulations

  • Consensus meeting and guideline proposals must be approved preliminarily by the CPC and definitively by the ESPE Council
  • A CPC member and an ESPE member who is an expert in the field must be involved the whole process of the guideline development and be included as a co-author on the guideline
  • The CPC and the ESPE Council maintain the right to suggest additional experts that may be included in the consensus meeting or guideline development process
  • Financial support from other funding organisations must be sought and obtained prior to application
  • Additional cost incurred above the meeting budget will not be covered by ESPE
  • ESPE will co-sponsor the consensus according to a fixed amount agreed by ESPE Council
  • Guidelines should be made available to ESPE members by publishing in an open access journal or in Hormone Research in Paediatrics journal.
  • All participants must declare any conflicts of interest prior to and at the start of the process/meeting

How to apply

Please review the regulations before you apply for funding for a consensus meeting or guideline development. It is advised to contact the Clinical Practice Committee Chair, Professor Evangelia Charmandari prior to submitting a formal application, in order to avoid collisions with similar proposals already under review.

Please complete the application form and provide the following information:

  • Application Form
  • Detailed budget
  • Proposed timeline (Gantt Chart) with milestones
  • Applicant CV, including all relevant clinical and research experience
  • Publication list, including all relevant publications and presentations of the applicant and other team members

All applications must be submitted electronically to the ESPE Team.