BEN is short for the Dutch Professional Association of Sonographers for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
BEN was founded in 1998 by sonographers in obstetrics and gynaecology with the aim of setting up a professional association that has the promotion of interests and quality as its guiding principles.
Over the years BEN has developed into an organisation with more than 600 members.
Membership costs 100 Euro per year.
The member sonographers perform a wide range of ultrasounds, including obstetric ultrasound, basic ultrasound, prenatal screen ultrasound and gynaecological ultrasound.
Our Quality Register lists the type of ultrasound the individual sonographers are qualified for.
In the spring of every year we hold our Annual General Meeting that deals with issues such as the budget, aims and new implementations. This is followed by a scientific part that includes national and international speakers.
In the autumn BEN organises a major scientific symposium with international speakers and interesting topics.
The Board of BEN meets six times a year.
The Board members participate in a range of consultation forums, including: The Centre for Prenatal Screening of the Centre for Population Screening of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
They also participate in working parties that carry out preparatory work for the above-mentioned forums. The Board members are also closely involved with the field and ultrasound training in terms of quality-enhancing activities.
Currently, BEN is fighting for a quality system for basic ultrasound and more recently a Complaints Committee was set up.
BEN's Quality Register is increasingly considered as the standard by employers and insurers.
The Board of BEN strives to achieve the following objectives:
1. VAT exemption for all sonographers with a nursing background.
2. To set up a national, uniform indication list for basic ultrasounds in cooperation with the Netherlands Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NVOG)/Foetal Ultrasound Working Group (WFE) and the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV).
3. To develop a national, uniform quality system with the corresponding quality requirements for basic ultrasounds in cooperation with Netherlands Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NVOG)/Foetal Ultrasound Working Group (WFE) and the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV).
4. To continue expanding BEN's representation in organisations related to Birth care.
5. To formulate the attainment targets that can be tested uniformly and nationally for the benefit of accreditations for:
- All training in basic ultrasound
- All Hands-on training
- All existing SEO and NT training
6. More balance in Obstetrics and Gynaecology topics at the AGM and the Autumn symposium 2015.
7. A meeting once a year with the Board and our sounding board group for a brainstorming session about current topics.
8. Once a year a report from a member of the Complaints Committee to the BEN Board.
9. A Board visit to all ultrasound and midwifery courses:
- To promote BEN
- To review the attainment targets of the various ultrasound courses.
10. To promote and ensure visibility for our new and existing members with a BEN stand and our PowerPoint presentation.
11. To obtain advice from a firm/body on the organisational structure in respect of financial rules and a possible structure change following growth and professionalisation.
12. To organise a Hands-on Day for our members with various workshops in cooperation with the ultrasound companies and tutors.
13. Annual evaluation and publication of our objectives on the website and during the AGM in the framework of transparency to the members.