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European federation of sexology

The heart of sexology in Europe


EFS promotes excellent and ethical practice in education, knowledge, and skills to celebrate sexual health, intimacy, and diversity with compassion, free from prejudice and violence.


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Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad

Dear members of the European Federation for Sexology,

It has become my duty to be President of EFS for the four years to come.

This makes me both humble, ignited and happy.

I have stated before and repeat now, that I actually had no ambition of becoming president of anything now at the age of 75. Nevertheless, as I have been elected and have taken this task upon me, I do have ambitions:

Who we are

EFS History

What is EFS and how it was born

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Executive committee

It is in charge of and responsible for the management of the Federation, and of any form of EFS activity in accordance with resolutions of the General Assembly.

Scientific Committee

To take part in realizing the scientific program for the EFS Congress, structuring monothematic courses to be offered to the Member Societies and drafting documents for insiders such as guidelines and e-books..

Educational committee

To develop and propose the European Standards for training in sexology at different levels (Sex Educator, Counsellor and Therapist), to accredit European courses, seminaries and trainings and to collaborate with the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) for the EFS & ESSM Certified Psycho-Sexologist (ECPS) exams.

Youth committee

To take part in realizing research projects for young people, helping to organize EFS Congress, managing social networks and media contact for the broadcasting of scientific news.

Officers roles

The executive committee includes 4 officers: President, President Elect, Secretary General and Treasurer.

About Us

EFS recognizes sexuality as central to human life, health, well-being, and human rights. EFS is the voice and the core network for professionals working in sexology in Europe.

Our Activities


Sexologies is the organ of the EFS, which allows members to publish their papers, have a subscription at reduced rate and receive advanced information on EFS meetings


EFS is part of a broader network in sexual health and sexual medicine


The EFS and ESSM Psycho-sexology Accreditation Committee. The ESSM and EFS collaborate to guarantee and promote the highest standards of healthcare in the field of Sexology and Sexual Medicine.

ESSM School

Participants of the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine will have the opportunity to learn the essentials of sexuality that are necessary for effective clinical practice.

EFS & ESSM Syllabus

A textbook which covers all the different aspects of Clinical Sexology and the contents of the exam for the qualification in Sexology, the ECPS.

EFS & ESSM Petitions

Join our voice to have sexual health education to medical and psychology students in Europe!

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