The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) was founded on December 26, 1988 in Paris, France.

The aims of the Society are as follows:

To improve and facilitate knowledge and use of contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted infections and reproductive health care in the countries of Europe.


To promote the harmonisation of different policies concerning contraception and reproductive health care in the countries of Europe.


To promote availability of all methods of contraception in the countries of Europe.


To carry out epidemiological and sociological studies and other types of research on contraception and reproductive health care in the countries of Europe.


To encourage relations between the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health and other appropriate organisations in Europe and throughout the world.


To share knowledge and experience of contraception with countries outside Europe.




The Board of Directors consists of 1 or 2 members elected by the membership of European countries who have 10 or 50 members respectively.

Executive committee

The members of the Board of Directors elect, from amongst its members, a working body called the “Executive Committee”.

Editorial team

The Journal is managed by an Editorial team consisting of an Editor-in-Chief (EiC), a Deputy Editor-in-Chief and up to 6 Editors. They are supported by an Editorial Board.

Internal scientific committee

The Internal Scientific Committee serves as a body responsible for all scientific activities of the ESC. The main responsibilities of the ISC are to identify candidates for the ESC award, to select candidates for supported projects and follow-up of granted projects, to advise on scientific programmes and projects, and recommend new members for expert groups.

Educational group

In 2019, the ad hoc Educational Group was established to take ESC education forward with the introduction of the Training Improvement Programme (TIP).

The current Internal Scientific Committee and the Educational Group will merge in the near future to one Committee: the Science and Education Committee (SEC).

Website & Multimedia Group

The Website & Multimedia Group identifies and/or creates materials that members and the public would find relevant and interesting and promotes this content: ESC activities to members and the public, membership advantages (DocMatter, community, journal…), support and improve interaction between members, relations between ESC and other appropriate organisations.


The ESC Medal (former Congress Medal) honours outstanding national or international recognised activity in contraception, abortion, sexual or reproductive health in accordance with the aims of the Society.

The ESC Society award (former Seminar Medal) recognises outstanding organisational support and activity within the ESC itself in accordance with the aims of the Society.

ESC Medal Winners

2006 Medal – D. Serfaty, France
2007 Diploma – A. Webb, UK
2008 Medal – G. Creatsas, Greece
2009 Diploma – E. Aubeny, France
2010 Congress Medal – J. Lippes, USA

2011 Seminar Medal – D. Cibula, Czech Republic
2012 Congress Medal – W. Peers †, Belgium
2012 Congress Medal – E. Diczfalusy, Sweden
2014 Congress Medal – J.-J Amy, Belgium
2015 Seminar Medal – S. Randall, UK

2016 Congress Medal – V. Prilepskaya, Russia
2017 Seminar Medal – I. Batar, Hungary
2018 ESC Medal – G. Lazdane, Latvia
2018 Society award – E. Arisi, Italy
2018 Society award – R. Beerthuizen, the Netherlands



European consortium for emergency contraception. Founded in 2012, ECEC works to expand knowledge about and access to Emergency Contraception (EC) within the European region and promotes the standardization of EC service delivery to ensure equitable access across the region. EC is the only contraceptive method that can be used after sex, and it provides women with an additional opportunity to prevent a pregnancy.

More information on www.ec-ec.org



European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The ESC has been recognised as a valid partner and member of the Standing Committee on Training and Assessment of the European  Board of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section (EBCOG) of the Union Européenne des Medécins Spécialistes (UEMS). By this the ESC contributes to the preparation of structure and content of postgraduate education in obstetrics and gynecology, especially in the fields of family planning and sexual education.

More info on www.EBCOG.org



European Society for Sexual Medicine. The aim is the advancement and improvement of public awareness, education and research in the field of Sexual Medicine and the diffusion of knowledge of new and improved methods of teaching and practicing Sexual Medicine. To further these aims ESSM supports scientists in the field of Sexual Medicine to advance the basic understanding of human sexual physiology and psychology, to translate fundamental research findings to clinical use, to develop and adopt new medicines, technologies and methods for the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and for the improvement of human sexual health.

More information on www.essm.org/



International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates. FIAPAC is an organization of professionals working in the field of abortion and contraception. Aims:

  • Freedom for all women to decide whether to remain pregnant or not.
  • Providing women with access to the best medical techniques available, when and if they opt for abortion.
  • Providing women with psychological and/or social support relating to abortion – where necessary and appropriate.
  • Supporting women and men in informed choices concerning contraception.
  • Maintaining the highest possible standards in abortion practise and providing contraception, without commercial intent.

More information on www.fiapac.org



International Federation of Infant and Juvenile Gynecology. We strive, worldwide, to improve the reproductive health of young people by raising the bar for clinical care, research and education in all things Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG). FIGIJ brings together PAG experts from all corners of the globe to educate those who serve this population; to further the research in this field; and to advocate for the health of our youth worldwide.

More information on www.figij.org/



The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. We are the largest UK professional membership organisation working at the heart of sexual and reproductive health, supporting healthcare professionals to deliver high quality care. FSRH is a faculty of the Royal College of the Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Our specialist committees of SRH doctors and nurses work together to produce high quality training programmes, specialist conferences and events, clinical guidance and other SRH learning resources, all of which are designed to support learning and development.

More information on www.fsrh.org/home/


Statutes, Rules & Policies


Ratified by the General Assembly in The Hague on 21 May 2010.


Update 5 October 2019


Update 5 October 2019. These list processes ie around election of committee members and can be amended by the Executive Committee.

The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) was founded on December 26, 1988 in Paris, France


The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) was founded on December 26, 1988 in Paris, France.

Founding Members

  • V. Bruni, Italy
  • A. Santos, Portugal
  • G. Creatsas, Greece
  • D. Serfaty, France – Honorary President
  • N. Diederich, Luxembourg
  • M. Short, Ireland
  • A.A. Haspels, The Netherlands †
  • S.O. Skouby, Denmark
  • L. Iglesias Cortit, Spain
  • A. Teichmann, Germany
  • R. Kirkman, United Kingdom
  • M. Vekemans, Belgium

The Hague Declaration on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Europe

The General Assembly of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health declares to adopt: The Sexual Rights Declaration as issued by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in May 2008. In this declaration seven guiding principles providing a framework for sexual rights as an integrated part of the canon of human rights are formulated: The Hague Declaration