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Comité Permanent de Liaison des Orthophonistes-Logopèdes de l’UE

Standing Liaison Committee of E.U. Speech and Language Therapists and Logopedists

History of CPLOL

On 6 March 1988 in Paris, at the instigation of the Federation Nationale des Orthophonistes (France), the organisations or associations representing the nine countries of the European Community signed the constitutional charter which set up the Standing Liaison Committee of EU Speech and Language Therapists-Logopedists (CPLOL); the founding President was Jacques Roustit.

In 1989, 15 organisations representing the 12 countries of the Community joined as members of CPLOL.

In April 1992 the first CPLOL scientific congress was held in Athens; the theme was "Current trends in the Science of Speech and Language Pathology in Europe".

In 1993 Norway was admitted as observer member of CPLOL.

In September 1994, Belgium organised the Second European Congress in Antwerp.

In 1995 Austria, Finland and Sweden were admitted as CPLOL members following their joining the European Union.

In 1997, the Third CPLOL Scientific Congress was held in Lisbon with the theme: "Prevention - Assessment and measuring efficacy".

In May 1998, at the General Assembly in Naples, Cyprus and Estonia, which are both seeking to join the European Union, were admitted as observer members of CPLOL.
On the occasion of the 10 years anniversary, CPLOL published “1988-1998 – 10 years of activities”.

In 2000 the Fourth CPLOL Scientific Congress was held in Paris with the theme "Language: Quality and efficacy in speech and language therapy".

In September 2003 the Fifth Scientific Congress was held in Edinburgh, with the theme "Evidence-based Practice: A challenge for Speech and Language Therapists".

In October 2003, in connection with the eighth ordinary General Assembly in Malmö, Sweden, the Czech Republic was admitted as the fifth observer member. Also, the 15th anniversary of CPLOL was celebrated.

In 2004 the European Union welcomed 10 new member countries, among them Estonia, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. As the speech and language therapy/logopedics associations in these three countries were already observer members of CPLOL, they became full members as of May 2004. This event was marked by Estonia hosting the May meeting and Cyprus the October meeting of that year.

In May 2005 the Slovenian Association of Logopedists was admitted as a full member of CPLOL.

And the following year, in May 2006, another 'new' EU member country, Latvia, became a member of CPLOL, when the Speech Therapists' Association of Latvia was admitted. At the same General Assembly, the Croatian Logopedics Association was admitted as an observer member of CPLOL.

In September 2006 the Sixth CPLOL Congress was held in Berlin, hosted by the Deutscher Bundesverband für Logopädie. The theme of the congress was "A multilingual and multicultural Europe. A challenge for speech and language therapists" - a theme of the greatest interest at present.

As of January 2007, Norway became a full member of CPLOL. And at the General Assembly in Riga, Latvia in May 2007, the Speech Therapists' associations of Bulgaria, Iceland, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia were admitted as members of CPLOL.

In January of 2008, Switzerland became a full member after having been an observer member since 1989.

2008 was also an occasion to celebrate CPLOL’s 20th anniversary. During a special meeting in Strasbourg, the delegates were all invited to visit the building of the European Parliament. Learn more - in details - about the first 20 years.

The community of SLTs across Europe had now 27 member countries and, as some countries were represented by 2 associations, represented by 33 different professional associations, societies or trade union.

In 2009, the General Assembly (GA) accepted the official participation of extra-delegates to CPLOL meetings for a maximum of 3 additional persons, at the expense of their association.

In 2010, CPLOL could start a three-year long project (2010-2013) is funded by ERASMUSENWA Life Long Learning Programme: Network for Tuning Standards and Quality of Education programmes in Speech and Language Therapy across Europe, the NetQues.

NetQues is an exciting partnership of 65 partners representing all 27 EU member states plus partners from Liechtenstein, Norway and the EU-candidate countries of Iceland and Turkey. CPLOL is the Coordinator of the project which aims to address the needs of tuning speech and language therapist / logopaedist (SLT) education in Europe through defining educational benchmarks and sharing best practice in teaching, learning and assessment. For all the information on the project, see:

CPLOL worked in the years 2009 to 2011 on its functioning, its statutes and internal regulation as well as its image for the public.

At the Extraordinary GA in October of 2010 in Paris, the 28th country was welcomed to the CPLOL: Lithuania.

2011, at the GA in Nyborg, statutory modifications were accepted, changing the rhythm of General Assemblies from biannual to triennial meetings and mandates of executive accordingly.
Because of the grants received for the NetQues project, and according to French laws, under which CPLOL lies, the Assembly also appointed an auditor.

In 2012, CPLOL’s 8th scientific Congress could be organised in The Hague, hosted by the NVLF who celebrated its 85th anniversary at the same time. The title “New advances in SLT professional practice and education” opened on various actual presentations many around new technologies and Evidence Based Practice. The programme was designed with 74 oral presentations, 9 workshops, 49 posters and attended by 380 participants. An own website was designed for the event:

2013, CPLOL has been in existence since 25 years! 30 countries (with the new addition of Croatia), 33 associations and growing will be attending the GA in Sofia where the new website will be presented. It should meet expectations in appearance and use for all delegates and member associations.