Member Organisations

The Danish Medical Association (Den Almindelige Danske)

Laegeforening — DMA) was established in 1 857. Until 1904, the DMA had an undifferentiated membership including mostly general practitioners and a few heads of department, but in the following years, the Association developed into an umbrella organisation for the craft associations representing the three main groups of doctors: the general practitioners, the junior doctors and the medical specialists.While the DMA is, on the one hand, a lobby group for Danish doctors, it is also recognised by the Parliament, the National Administration, the Ministries and the private sector as an organisation which in many fields functions as an expert and advisory body for the authorities on medical questions.A number of Danish health laws explicitly name DMA as an advisory body to official committees and working parties, and DMA's opinion is usually heard in connection with deliberations in official committees on questions concerning prevention and treatment of disease and related matters with regard to legislative proposals from the government.

Membership and organisational structure

About 96 per cent of the doctors authorised to practise in Denmark are members of the DMA as well as one of the three sub-divisions. The task of the sub-divisions—each within its own area of concern — is to look after the members' financial and professional interests.


The highest authority of the DMA is the Assembly of Representatives, which is presided over by the DMA President and consists of the

Danish Medical Association(Den Almindelige Danske Laegeforening)

Organisation of GENERAL PRACTITIONERS (Praktiserende Laegers Organisation)

Association of JUNIOR HOSPITAL DOCTORS (Foreningen af Yngre Laeger)

Association of MEDICAL SPECIALISTS (Foreningen af Speciallaeger)

Chairs of the three subdivisions, the 17 Local Association Chairs, and a proportional representation from each of the three sub-divisions.The day-to-day leadership of DMA affairs is carried out by its Coun-cil, which consists of a Chair (DMA President) and six members. The Chair is directly elected by the Assembly of Representatives. The six members are similarly elected, but with the provision that there must be two from each of the three pillar associations.DMA Committee on Health.

International co-operation
For many years, the DMA has taken a keen interest in the international field of the medical profession and in 1970, the DMA Council decided to set up an international committee to co-ordinate the DMA's participation in international co-operation.When Denmark joined the EC in 1973, the DMA became a full member of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CP). In addition, DMA is a member of the European groupings of general practitioners (UEMO), medical specialists (UEMS), junior doctors (PWG) and senior hospital doctors (AEMH), and of the International Conference of Orders (CIO) and the World Medical Association (WMA), as well as participating in the meetings of the European Forum of Medical Associations with the WHO. For more information, contact the Danish Medical Association, Trondhjemsgade 9, DK- 2100, Copenhagen 0, Denmark.
Tel: +45 35 44 85 00 Fax: +45 35 44 85 05


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