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General meeting of the GD in Schkopau on 30 March 2004

Two new members in the management of an active scientific society

The 10th ordinary general meeting of the Society for Dermopharmacy took place on the occasion of the GD’s 8th annual meeting in Schkopau near Halle on 30 March 2004. The most important issue on the agenda was the election of the committee due according to the statutes. Besides six anew running members of the former committee with professor Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Thomas Ruzicka, Düsseldorf, and private lecturer Dr. Ulrike Heinrich, Witten, two new members of the committee were elected. The reports of the GD-president, the treasurer and the department heads reflect the versatile and successful activities of the still young scientific society.
Dr. Joachim Kresken, head of Irmgardis Pharmacy in Viersen-Süchteln, continues in his office of the GD’s president. Professor Dr. med. Hans Christian Korting from the Dermatological Clinic of the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich remains in his office of deputy. Dr. Siegfried Wallat, employed with Cognis Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, Duesseldorf, has been re-elected as treasurer of the GD. The managing committee is completed by professor Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Thomas Ruzicka, director of the Dermatological Clinic of Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf. In his function as new secretary of the society he succeeds Dr. Holger Reimann, Eschborn. After nine years in office, Reimann is no longer available for this position. He will intensify his efforts in the GD’s department Extemporaneous Formulations in the future.

Private lecturer Dr. Ulrike Heinrich of the Institut für experimentelle Dermatologie (Experimental Dermatology) at Witten/Herdecke University was elected as new adjunct into the GD’s committee. She takes over the task from pharmacist Ursula Kindl, Baldham who did not stand for this position anymore. The remaining adjuncts of the old committee – professor Dr. Monika Schäfer-Korting of the Institut für Pharmazie (Institute for Pharmacy) at the Free University, Berlin, professor Dr. med. Horst Spielmann of the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) (BfR) in Berlin and Dr. med. Winfried Klövekorn, practicing dermatologist in Gilching near Munich – have been confirmed in their offices.

Increasing membership
and sound financial situation

In his overview outlining the progress and GD activities in the elapsed reporting year, the GD President Dr. Kresken emphasized the increasing membership of the society. The number of ordinary members rose to 288 and the sponsoring members to 39. The occupational group of pharmacists with a rate of 48 percent represents the majority among the ordinary members followed by the group of physicians and veterinarians with a share of 30 percent. The remaining members are chemists, foodstuffs chemists, biochemists, biologists, nutritionists and engineers from various fields.

Treasurer Dr. Wallat stressed in his report the GD’s sound financial structure. He presented the members an equated balance. A distribution of profits from the commercial enterprise of the GD, the ID-Institute for Dermopharmacy GmbH, equally contributed to this result. The committee was unanimously discharged for the past reporting year upon request by the auditors Dr. Karsten Küspert and Dr. Wolfgang Pittermann, who confirmed the treasurer's proper accountancy.

In the course of the annual meeting in Schkopau, the GD-founder member Dr. Holger Reimann, Eschborn, was discarded in his function of secretary of the society. After nine years in office he was no longer available for a function in the committee. He will however intensify his efforts in the GD-department Extemporaneous Preparations. In recognition for his sedulous commitment he received a certificate of appreciation and a glass piece of art.

Public relations, internet
and new guidelines

In the course of his report, the GD President Dr. Kresken reminded of the organization of the GD’s 7th Annual Meeting on 1 and 2 April 2003 at the Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte (BfArM) (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medicinal Products) in Bonn and equally of the GD’s comprehensive media work last year. Moreover, he related of the extended GD-homepage ( into the Dermopharmacy Portal performed in the responsibility of Dr. Wallat. Meanwhile, this portal is not only of use by experts but increasingly also by journalists and consumers as source of information. According to the international alignment of the GD, the internet presence of the society is available besides in German also in English in large parts.

Kresken particularly stressed the guidelines, principles and statements of the Society in his report (overview in the insertion) published so far. In the reporting period the new guideline „Dermocosmetic sun protection“ and an actualized version of the guideline „Dermocosmetics for the cleansing and care of dry skin“ have been presented by the department Dermocosmetics. The guideline “Occupational skin care products” has been established in a cooperation of the GD with the ABD, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Berufs- und Umweltdermatologie in der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft (DDG) (Working Group for Occupational and Environmental Dermatology in the German Dermatological Society). Meanwhile, this guideline aroused interest in the field of occupational dermatology and in the area of occupational safety and health. It serves inter alea as basis for discussion in view of the elaboration of a new technical standard concerning the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances.

The new GD-committee (from left): professor Dr. med. Hans Christian Korting (assistant president), private lecturer Dr. Ulrike Heinrich (adjunct), Dr. med. Winfried Klövekorn (adjunct), Dr. Siegfried Wallat (treasurer), Dr. Joachim Kresken (president) and professor Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Thomas Ruzicka (secretary). Not present in the picture are the adjuncts professor Dr. Monika Schäfer-Korting and professor Dr. med. Horst Spielmann.

The guideline “Dermatological Prescriptions” already published in a first version in 1998 has been actualized under the auspices of the department Extemporaneous Preparations. The revised edition of this guideline has passed on the occasion of a consensus conference which took place in cooperation with external experts at the BfArM in Bonn on 1 April 2003. Members of the new GD Task Force „Licht.Hautkrebs.Prävention" (Light.Skin Cancer.Prevention), established last year, prepared a draft for a guideline concerning the actinic keratosis which is at present coordinated with the DDG and other relative organizations. The completion of this harmonization process and publication of the guideline is expected to take place still this year.

Substantial activities
in the departments

The four GD departments dealt with widespread activities in the reporting period. The department Dermatopharmacology headed by Dr. Karl-Heinz Nietsch, Bad Soden, organized a symposium on the occasion of the 7th GD Annual Meeting in Bonn under the title “From molecule to registration” outlining all development steps new dermatics have to pass through. At present the department organizes a symposium for the replacement of animal experiments with human skin models under the scientific head of the GD committee member professor Dr. Monika Schäfer-Korting and professor Dr. med. Horst Spielmann in cooperation with the GD’s commercial enterprise. The event will take place on 25 November 2004 in Berlin. The program and fax application for this symposium can be found on the GD-homepage.

The department Dermocosmetics under the head of professor Dr. Rolf Daniels, Brunswick, organized a symposium with the title „Dermocosmetics for the enhancement of dermatological therapy“ on the occasion of the GD’s 8th Annual Meeting in Halle. Subject of a symposium at the GD’s 7th Annual Meeting were dermocosmetics for the cleansing and care of skin inclined to acne. The requirements these products have to fulfil in view of quality and documentation will be defined by the department in a new guideline which is established at present. Moreover, this group is concerned with the difficult approach to define the inconsistently used term of sensitive skin since a considerable period of time.

Position papers of the GD
(Status: June 2004)


Dermatological prescriptions (November 1998; last actualized: September 2003)
Dermocosmetics for the cleansing and care of dry skin (February 2000 resp. January 2001; last actualized: October 2003)
Occupational Skin Care Products (April 2003; in cooperation with the ABD)
Dermocosmetic Sun Protection (April 2003)


Hygiene guidelines for the preparation of non-sterile pharmaceutical preparations in the pharmacy (January 2000; last actualized: November 2002)


Skin cleansing of dry skin — a Problem? (March 2001)
Prescriptions for esthetic purposes (March 2001)
Podophyllin or Podophyllotoxin for the treatment of genital verrucae (June 2001)
Potential of penetration enhancement by polyethylene glycol (PEG)-compound in cosmetics (August 2001)
Potential of occlusion by paraffin oil in cosmetics (August 2001)
Dermocosmetics: Definition and requirements (December 2001)
Aut-idem-regulation for skin drugs (March 2002)
Therapy duration at the topical treatment of mycoses pedis (September 2002)
Entry of combined topical dermatics in the positive list (December 2002)

Definition of the term „emulsifier-free" (April 2003)

All listed position papers have been archived at the GD-homepage (

The department Dermatotherapy headed by the private lecturer Dr. med. Matthias Augustin has set a focus of its work on the aspect of health economy in dermatology and organized a pertinent symposium in the scope of the GD’s 8th Annual Meeting (see corresponding report here:...). Probably still this year a guideline relating to the pharmaco-economy by way of example of the psoriasis therapy will be presented. Moreover, a cooperation with the Freiburg foundation “The competent patient” is in the planning stage.

The department Extemporaneous Preparations has elected pharmacist Rosemarie Eifler-Bolen, Eschborn as new head on the occasion of its meeting in Halle on 30 March 2004. Assistant heads of the department are the dermatologist Dr. med. Petra Staubach, Mainz, and the pharmacist Dr. Ursula Schöffling, Trier. The group stresses the actualization of the guideline “Dermatological prescriptions” in the reporting period which will be complemented with practice-oriented information for the processing of relevant drugs in the future.

9th Annual Meeting of the GD
in Vienna on 14 and 15 March 2005

At the end of the General Meeting the committee announced that the GD’s 9th annual meeting will take place at the Veterinary Medicinal University in Vienna on 14 and 15 March 2005. Thus the society will hold an annual meeting for the first time in Austria after having organized meetings in seven different German cities as well as in Zurich, Switzerland in preceding years.

The scientific conference heads will be two GD-members — the pharmaceutical technologist professor Dr. Claudia Valenta from Vienna University and the dermatologist professor Dr. med. Werner Aberer from Graz University
. Again the organization of the conference will be with the GD’s commercial enterprise. Support on site will be given to the organizational team by Dr. Erich Leitner who has — as first Austrian member of the GD — for a long time already favoured the organization of the GD’s Annual Meeting in Austria.


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