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European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
Volume 135, n° 1S
page 1 (février 2018)
Doi : 10.1016/j.anorl.2018.01.006


B. Fraysse : IFOS President
 ENT and head and neck surgery department, university hospital center, place du Docteur-Baylac, TSA 40031, 31059 Toulouse cedex 9, France 

V. Couloigner  : Head of the Guidelines commission of the French ENT Society
 Pediatric ENT and head and neck surgery department, Necker–Enfants-Malades university hospital, 149, rue de Sèvres, 75015 Paris, France 

Corresponding author.
D. Chevalier : General Secretary of the French ENT Society
 ENT and head and neck surgery department, Huriez hospital, Lille regional university hospital, 59000 Lille, France 

Dear colleagues,

If the twenty-first ENT World Congress (IFOS Paris 2017) organized by the French Otorhinolaryngology Society was a success in terms of audience (nearly 8500 participants), in particular among the younger generations (51% of the participants were under 45 years), it was above all a scientific success.

In developing the scientific program, the Scientific Committee, chaired with talent by Professor Emmanuel Babin, chose as its main guideline “the promotion of a global evolution of the ENT specialty while respecting the diversity of practices”. This thematic orientation aimed to highlight this diversity as a source of progress: diversity of clinical practices and guidelines, diversity of economic models.

In line with this goal, 11 international consensus (ICON) conferences were organized by Professor Vincent Couloigner during the IFOS Paris 2017 congress. The selected topics concerned frequent pathologies covering the different ENT subspecialties. The main goal was to find common ground in the clinical management of these pathologies around the world, and to determine the elements of the medical literature justifying these common practices.

The main consensual elements, as well as underlying literature data, were then written in the form of manuscripts included in the present issue of the European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology (EAO). Each text was written by a young ENT physician under the guidance of the international panelists who participated in the ICON conferences. We deeply thank the authors and panelists for their commitment and for the exceptional quality of their work.

The publication of this additional issue of the EAO is the result of a direct collaboration between the French Otolaryngology Society and IFOS in order to promote educational programs and actions. This year, it will be followed by the publication of two additional issues with preferential subscription conditions for IFOS congress participants.

We take this opportunity to thank all the members of the French ENT Society who were involved in this collective success.

Disclosure of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interest.

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