The European Society of Pathology (ESP) was established in 1963 in Brussels and is a leading force in European pathology and, as such, is pivotal to the future of the specialty in Europe and beyond. As a scientific society, the ESP has, as its primary aim, the promotion of high quality diagnostic practice, applied and translational research and under- and postgraduate education in the field of human pathology. This is achieved through its congresses, its journal Virchows Archiv and various other activities.
The ESP interacts with national pathology societies in Europe and has developed links with other EU bodies in close collaboration with UEMS (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes) and EAPCP (European Association of Pathology Chairs and Programme Directors).
The European School of Pathology under the auspices of the ESP and with the support of 20 Working Groups and 5 Affiliated Societies representing different fields of pathology is involved in the organisation of courses to meet the needs of young pathologists. The ESP has recently established ESPQA Foundation which stimulates external quality assessment programmes for several biomarkers where diagnostic laboratories worldwide participate in the organized schemes such as LUNG and COLON.