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What is EAMBES?

The European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES) is a no-profit international organization incorporated according to the Belgian law, that federates most scientific societies and academic and research institutions located in Europe and involved with Biomedical Engineering or as it is more appropriately defined Medical and Biological Engineering and Science. The main objective of EAMBES is to improve the health, wealth, and well being of the citizens of Europe by the application of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science.


Our history

EAMBES was founded in 2003 with the presumption that in an area as wide and fragmented as the Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (MBES), working together and speaking with one voice would have been a great benefit, also due to the considerable fragmentation:

  • MBES experts are active in research, education, and healthcare
  • there are several national and transnational research societies targeting MBES as a whole or sub-domains of MBES (such as artificial organs, biomaterials, biomechanics)
  • MBES professionals are key figures in the European medical technology industry, made of a few large and very many small companies. 

EAMBES was born from the need to represent the MBES community and to offer its guidance in the promotion of the MBES field at the European level.


Our mission

According to our statute, EAMBES aims to:

  • Serve and promote MBES at the European and International levels,
  • Foster, co-ordinate and provide added value to the activities of member organizations in MBES and collaborating, where appropriate, with national and international organisations, particularly the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE),
  • Support and promote MBES education, training and accreditation programmes,
  • Support and promote MBES research and development,
  • Establish recommendations for the general responsibilities, organizational relationships and roles of those engaged in the field of MBES,
  • Establish and maintain liaison with national and European governments and agencies
  • Improve intersociety relations and co-operation in Europe within MBES and related fields,
  • Encourage and assist in the formation of organizations in MBES where such organizations do not exist,
  • Recognize individual and group achievements and contributions to the field of MBES.


Our members

EAMBES today represents 24 national and 5 transnational scientific societies, as well as 26 academic and research institutions; through its member organisations, approximately 8000 European experts in the domain of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (MBES).

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Our collaborations

  • CRH-BME projectCurricula Reformation and Harmonisation in the field of Biomedical Engineering

CRH-BME is a Joint Project within the Tempus IV program, involving 17 Institutions from EU and 6 Institutions from Partner Countries. The main objective is to update existing curricula in the field of Biomedical Engineering in order to meet recent and future developments in the area, address new emerging interdisciplinary domains that appear as a result of the R&D progress and respond to the Biomedical Engineering job market demands.

Health First Europe is a non-profit, non-commercial alliance of patients, healthcare workers, academics and healthcare experts and the medical technology industry. They aim to ensure that equitable access to modern, innovative and reliable medical technology and healthcare is regarded as a vital investment in the future of Europe.


Our territory

According to its statute, EAMBES is an International Association, which extends its activities throughout Europe, as defined by the European Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The complete list of countries included in this world region are listed here.

EAMBES accepts as members organisations which are incorporated anywhere in the world, but their activities must be limited, by statute, to the European Region.


Our Statute and By-laws

If you wish to have more information on the EAMBES governance model please view:


What is Biomedical Engineering? A simple definition


Biomedical Engineering is:

  • A profession exerted in healthcare institutions: the biomedical (or clinical) engineer is responsible of applying and implementing medical technology to optimise healthcare delivery.

  • A profession exerted in the body industries, i.e. every industrial sector developing products where technologies of any kind interact with the human body: medical devices (cardiac valves, hip replacements, etc.), medical technology (Computed Tomography scanners, electrocardiograms, etc.), Sport, fitness and wellness equipments (running shoes, training machines, etc.), defence & security (body armours, security scanners, etc.), ergonomics and safety (ergonomic tools, car airbags, etc.), entertainment (motion capture for computer graphic animations and games, etc.).  In the future this might also include applications that are currently at the research stage, such as brain-computer interfaces, wearable or implanted technologies (i.e. implanted tags in prison inmates), etc.

  • A domain of research, where physical and engineering methods are used to investigate life in general, and human health in particular. 


A more rigorous definition


Providing a rigorous definition of biomedical engineering is quite difficult.  The most common definition is: "Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field".  But this, as we shall see, is somehow reductive.

Engineering is defined as “the discipline, art and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize solutions to the needs of society”.  Traditionally, engineering is seen to relate to physics the same way medicine relates to biology: so as engineering can be seen as the application of the knowledge generated by physics to the solution of problems relevant to the human kind, we can see medicine as the application of the principles of biology to the improvement and maintenance of human health.  In reality both engineering and medicine have developed over the years from a professional practice into an autonomous branch of science: this is why today we refer to the engineering research and development with the term engineering science, to distinguish it from the professional activity of the engineer.

This cultural autonomy is particularly pronounced when we focus on biomedical engineering sciences.  This because the processes used in biology and medicine to form and confirm knowledge are quite different from those used in physics and engineering.  Thus, the development of biomedical engineering sciences, similarly to the development of biophysical sciences, involves the generation of new knowledge on biological systems using the methods and the approaches that are proper of physical and engineering sciences.

On the basis of the considerations we can provide the following definitions approved by the General Assembly of the European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering & Science:

  • Biomedical Engineering is a synonymous of Medical and Biological Engineering (MBE).  The latter is more accurate, and should be preferred in formal contexts.  Other terms such as bioengineering, biological engineering, medical engineering, etc. are used in a non-univocal way to indicate partitions of medical and biological engineering.

  • Medical and Biological Engineering is the application of engineering principles and techniques to produce new knowledge upon and to solve problems relevant to living systems.

  • Medical and Biological Engineering Sciences is an autonomous scientific research discipline, which generate new knowledge on biological systems using the methods and the approaches that are proper of physical and engineering sciences.





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