The HERMES projects

In 2005, the ERS School made a considerable leap forward with the launch of HERMES (Harmonised Education in Respiratory Medicine for European Specialists, The HERMES project partners the Forum of European Respiratory Societies (FERS) with the Union Européenne des Médicins Spécialistes (UEMS) for the development of a European syllabus, a European curriculum, criteria for training centre accreditation in Europe, and an examination for qualification as a European specialist  in adult respiratory medicine. The first adult respiratory medicine examination was held in 2008. Since then, almost 500 respiratory specialists and 350 trainees have taken the examination. The examination has also been adopted by some European countries as the knowledge-based element of their own respiratory specialist training: Switzerland has used it as the written part of its national certification examination since 2008; in the Netherlands, it has been used as an obligatory in-training assessment since 2010; and Austria recognises it as an equivalent to its national certification.

Further developments came with the expansion of the HERMES project to cover paediatrics. The first European examination in paediatric respiratory medicine was held in 2011.

The School’s educational activities for specialist trainees are now developed and carried out using the HERMES methodology, and a ‘family’ of seven active HERMES projects is now in place (table 1; see also chapter 36). Recently, the HERMES Respiratory Sleep Medicine and the HERMES Respiratory Critical Care Medicine syllabi have been published, with the aim of defining the competences required of European respiratory physicians in these fields (further information can be found in chapter 36 ).

Adult respiratory medicine
Paediatric respiratory medicine
European Spirometry Driving Licence
Respiratory sleep medicine
Respiratory critical care medicine
Thoracic oncology
Respiratory physiotherapy
Table 1 – HERMES (Harmonised Education in Respiratory Medicine for European Specialists) projects.


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