The European Fertility Society is delighted to celebrate its third anniversary. Since its inception three years ago, the society has played a significant role in bringing together experts, researchers, and professionals from across the world to foster collaboration, share knowledge, and, most importantly, contribute to improving patient care and treatment.
Established on the 8th of December 2020, the EFS was founded with the vision of assisting fertility clinics, patient organisations, as well as a reproduction societies in focusing on patient centeredness.
The society has taken the initiative to conduct the research during the passing year 2023. The aim of these studies is to gather a holistic understanding of the extent and impact of AI on advancements in assisted reproductive technologies (ART). The results of this research allows the EFS to have its contribution in shaping the future of fertility care.
The society has, over the past three years, successfully brought together experts and specialists not only from Europe, but also from around the world. This spirit of collaboration has resulted in the exchange of ideas, methodologies, and best practices among professionals in the fertility community, ultimately benefiting patients. That allowed the EFS to reach patients in Ukraine in the passing year. In March 2023, the Fertility Patients Care Guidance was published in the Ukrainian language, previously available only in English.
In alignment with its mission, The European Fertility Society is devoted to disseminating information on infertility treatment to the public and ensuring accessibility for patients without any charges. To achieve this goal, platforms like myIVFanswers.com have been established. This platform serves as a space for connecting experts and patients, currently operating in four language groups: English, Spanish, Italian, and French. However, in 2023, the society expanded its reach by launching two additional platforms. These new platforms cater specifically to German and Ukrainian-speaking patients, broadening the scope of assistance available from experts and addressing the fertility concerns and doubts of a more diverse audience. Over the past three years, in line with its commitment to education and professional development, the EFS has organized over 630 webinars.
By fostering a culture of continuous learning and the exchange of expertise, the society has significantly contributed to the professional development of practitioners in the field. This influence extends to the introduction of an initiative of the Fertility Care Awards, aimed at recognizing and honouring outstanding examples of treatment providers offering support to patients. The establishment of these awards has become a way to share and celebrate outstanding achievements.
The genesis of the Fertility Care Awards coincided with the global recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, the first two awards events were conducted online. However, the most recent edition, the Fertility Care Award Gala held in Copenhagen in June 2023, marked a significant milestone as it was the first face-to-face ceremony since the inception of the awards. This gala event served as a gathering point for over 100 of the most influential and respected individuals working in the global fertility field, creating a unique opportunity for personal connections and shared celebrations in the post-pandemic era.
As The European Fertility Society marks its third birthday, it stands poised to continue its mission of providing clinics and patients with the information they needed to improve patients’ experience during the treatment.
“We do it because we want all patients’ fertility journeys to be the best possible.”, said Jakub Dejewski, the Chair of the EFS.