Dear NFS members
We have just held the first NFS introducion course for the ESHRE certification for nurses and midwifes in Ørestaden, Copenhagen with 80 attendees the majority being nurses but also midwifes, lab technicians and embryologist were represented.
The program included speakers from all Nordic countries and Belgium covering topics from genetics to counselling and ethics in reproductive medicine.This was a great opportunity for nurses/midwifes to meet and share their experience regarding the coming exam and how they handle this. Both logbook, reading list and exam were intensively discussed.
The plan is to repeat this NFS course in Norway in January/February 2016 and make a mixed program for lab and nurses/midwifes. Sweden will then host the course in 2017 and Finland in 2018.
NFS is now a federation and the NFS PAYMENT system has therefore been removed from the website as we will have no individual payment for 2015.
In 2015 the national fee from NOFAB, SFY, SSRM and DFS is 7500 dkk from each society and 1000 dkk from the Icelandic clinic. In 2016 the national fee will be 15.000 dkk from each society and 2000 from the Icelandic clinic. This has been agreed upon at the general assemblies of NOFAB, DFS, SSRM and SFY.
From now on NFS will have a summer congress every second year and in between two courses will be arranged. After Reykjavik the next congress will be in Copenhagen, August 2017.
The second NFS course on hot topics in ART will be held in Stockholm 12+13. November 2015 in The premise of the Swedish Society of Medicine with Anna Karin Lind and Greta Edelstam as responsible.
Hot topics are social freezing, surrogacy and fertility awareness.
The planning of the coming NFS congress in Reykjavik 3.-5. August 2015 with Gudmundur Arason as chaiman is in progress and the scientific program is now available. The link to the congress website is http://www.nfs2015.is
New bylaws ratified (New bylaws are attached under "News")
The new bylaws were ratified at the general assembly 2014 and NFS is now a federation of the four national societies and the clinc in Iceland with the national chairmen included as members with voting rights on the NFS board. Each of the national societies and the clinic on Iceland will pay an annual fee to NFS.
The aim of the bylaw changes are to strengthen NFS by becoming a Nordic federation and to simplify the rather difficult election procedure for the NFS board members and to secure a continuous renewal of the NFS board members and not a complete replacement every third year.
The NFS congresses will in the future be held in August every second year in uneven years; Reykavik, Iceland 2015, Denmark 2017 etc.
The NFS board has made a statement on their attitudes towards surrogacy. Helga Sol Olafsdottir counsellor on Iceland gave a presentation on surrogacy at our NFS board meeting in Autumn 2012. Afterwards we had an intense discussion on the topic and Gudmundur Arason (IC) has condensed our agreements in an overall statement on surrogacy, which is available under "news".
Proactive oocyte freezing
During the last year we have been discussing proactive oocyte freezing and Sirpa Mäkinen from Finland made a presention for the NFS board on the subject. Based on that the NFS board has developed a statement on proactive oocyte freezing.
Clinical evidence based guidelines
The three common Nordic guidelines are:
These guidelines are: 1) Psychosocial aspects of infertility problems (Lone Schmidt, DK), 2) Treatment with cryopreserved embryos and oocytes (Anna-Kaisa Poranen, Fi), 3) Legal aspects of Infertility Treatment (Karin Erb and Marie Louise Grøndahl, DK). Revised versions of guideline 1 and 2 will be available on the website October 2013.
Looking forward to seing you at the NFS congress in Reykjavik 3-5.August 2015.