The German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer) is the central organisation in the system of medical self-administration in Germany. As the joint association of the State Chambers of Physicians (Landesärztekammer),
The German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer) is the central organisation in the system of medical self-administration in Germany. As the joint association of the State Chambers of Physicians (Landesärztekammer), it represents the interests of 470,422 physicians (status: 31/12/2013) in matters relating to professional policy, and plays an active role in opinion-forming processes with regard to health and social policy and in legislative procedures.
The German Medical Association arose from the Working Group of West German Medical Associations, which was founded in 1947. Following the reunification of Germany, the system of medical self-administration was extended to the former East German states, where State Chambers of Physicians were also established.
Today, the German Medical Association is the joint association of the 17 State Chambers of Physicians, which are registered corporations under public law. It is itself an unincorporated association, and the individual physician is only indirectly a member of the German Medical Association via compulsory membership of his or her local State Chamber of Physicians.
The headquarters of the German Medical Association are located in Berlin. The main structures of the organisation include the Office of the Secretary General, the Department for International Affairs, the Press Office and seven additional departments, each with a specific focus on certain aspects of healthcare or the medical profession.
In addition to this, separate bodies such as the Scientific Advisory Board and the Drug Commission have their own statutes and rules of procedure. Their members are elected by the Executive Board of the German Medical Association or the German Medical Assembly.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the German Medical Association consists of 37scientists from virtually every medical discipline. It advises the medical profession on matters relating to medical science that arise in the context of the preparation and implementation of laws concerning the healthcare system and the medical profession. In addition, it draws up guidelines, recommendations and statements concerning diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, taking both ethical and legal aspects into consideration.
The Drug Commission of the German Medical Association is an expert scientific committee with 40full and 110extraordinary members from various medical disciplines. It provides the medical profession with information on efficient and effective drug therapy, and has developed a database for the spontaneous recording of adverse drug reactions (side-effects).