This body of up to 50 senior doctors in the specialty across Europe was created in 1969. Academicians are invited on the basis of their distinguished contribution to the specialty, particularly its humanitarian aspects. The aim of the Academy is to improve all areas of rehabilitation for the benefit of those who need it. It thus promotes education and research across Europe, acting as a reference point in scientific, educational and research matters, exchanging ideas and information, facilitating the exchange of PRM doctors between different countries and engaging in moral and ethical debate.

Its motto is: ‘Societatis vir origo ac finis’ which can be translated as ‘Man is both the source and the goal of Society’.

The Academy is entirely independent. Its publications support education and further research. It is responsible for a series of ‘state of the art’ monographs which include: 

– La Plasticité de la Fonction Motrice. Ed. J-P.Didier (Springer 2004). This to be produced in Italian in 2007; 

– Assessment in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Eds. M.Barat and F.Franchignoni (Maugeri Foundation Books 2004); 

– Vocational Rehabilitation. Ed. C.Gobelet and F.Franchignoni (Springer 2006); 

-Les Fonctions Sphinctériennes. Ed A.Chantraine (Springer 2006). 

Further publications are due, such as in the field of oncological and pain rehabilitation. 

The Academy debates ethical matters and in this acts as a guardian of the specialty’s views. A recent debate was summarized and published as a brief communication, entitled ‘Violence and Handicap’. Several courses are supported by the Academy, including the European School on Posture and Movement Analysis in the University of Marseille which is supported by Erasmus funding. To encourage original research in the field of PRM by young researchers, the Academy gives an annual prize, supported by the Swiss Paraplegic association. Details may be obtained from the Secretary.