Education & Training syllabus

The aim of the European Training Syllabus in Paediatric Endocrinology is to provide harmonisation of education and training in paediatric endocrinology using the highest standards among European countries, in collaboration with other paediatric subspecialties participating in European Academy of Paediatrics.

The latest European Training Requirements (ETR) in Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes was approved by European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP), European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) and Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) in 2021.

It is available here: European Training Requirements (ETR) in Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes

The ETR includes detailed specialty specific syllabus/core content that trainees are expected to achieve in order to become competent independent clinicians. A syllabus tracker is being developed that will enable trainees to self-assess and monitor their progress.

The ESPE training syllabus was first prepared in 1995 and thereafter revised in 1997, 1998, 2005, 2013 and 2021. The ETR is regularly updated to reflect scientific and medical progress. It upholds the highest standards for education and training. The aim is to harmonise and improve training programmes across all European countries and in turn improve the quality of care for the population we serve.

Tertiary Care Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes was recognised as a subspecialty in 1996 by EBP, the Executive of the Paediatric Section of UEMS and the link between UEMS and EAP. EAP has its own legislation/constitution (Belgian/EU law) representing the central unifying platform for paediatric training in Europe. Each paediatric subspecialty is represented by a liaison officer within EAP's Tertiary Care Council.



Further to developing the 2021 ETR in Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes (PED) with the Short-term Task Force, it was requested from  the board of the Italian Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology (ISPED/SIEDP) to disseminate the ETR in Italy. The ETR provides standards for specialist centres, trainers and trainees to ensure uniform training, improve the quality of care for children and adolescents, and promote the development of a European network of third-level care PED centres. In Italy, children and adolescents can be managed by either paediatric or adult specialists because training in PED is not required to provide specialist care. Thus the ETR is also vital for national policy makers to address this anomaly. 

To make the ETR universally accessible, the ISPED board has translated the document and it is now available in Italian on the society website: 

It is desirable that every national society of PED follows the example of Italy to harmonise and improve training programmes across all European countries and, in turn, improve the quality of care for the population we serve.