Responsibilities of National Coordinators
This databank contains names and addresses of diving medicine physicians in Europe and the rest of the world. The conditions to be registered are clearly defined. To give this databank the credibility needed to be useful for the diving industry as well as for divers seeking a physician for their medical, appropriate training and competency of the listed doctors must be assured. This databank is hosted at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna, Pisa (SSSU Pisa), technically managed by the Institute of Clinica Physiology CNR in Pisa (Italy) and patronised by the International Diving Medical Expert Board IDMEB.
In order to respect the diversity of national regulations and cultural differences between European countries and including those in the rest of the world, each country contributing doctors to the databank is represented at the board by a "National Coordinator" (NC) who assesses the candidates applications and who approves their registration at the databank, with eventual backup by the IDMEB.
National Coordinators are nominated according to the following conditions:
- They are either medical delegate of the European Diving Technology Committee EDTC, representing their country, otherwise they can be individuals appointed by the national health or labour authorities to fulfil the above mentioned tasks. Sometimes, an institution or a committee may take this place as well, as long as they are designated by the national authorities or, if not provided, at least by the scientific society for diving and hyperbaric medicine of the country.
- The national coordinators have an appropriate competency in diving medicine which is published on the website.
- The NC has to know all available training courses and institutions of his/her country including their syllabus and degree of coordinance with the EDTC/ECHM training standards for diving medicine.
- NC should inform the IDMEB of eventual national educational programs including courses of EDTC/ECHM Level1 or higher (documented by the syllabus, number of hours and address of responsible course director).
- The NC knows about eventual national listings of MEDs accredited by the authorities or legitimated to undertake the medical assessment of occupational divers.