Royal Dutch Medical Association

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The Royal Dutch Medical Association (RDMA; in Dutch Koninklijke Nederlandsche Maatschappij tot bevordering der Geneeskunst or KNMG) is the professional organisation for medical practitioners in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1849.[1]

In 1999 several other medical organisations were integrated into the KNMG, the association of the National Association of salaried Doctors (LAD), the National Association of General Practitioners (LHV), the Dutch Association for Occupational Health (NVAB), the Dutch Association for Nursing Home Physicians (NVVA), the Dutch Association of Insurance Medicine (NVVG), the Dutch Order of Medical Specialists (OMS) and a small group of individual KNMG members. Its membership in 2008 was 40,000 doctors.


In 2010 they called male circumcision a harmful and painful ritual that violates children's rights. This announcement was covered internationally over following years.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


Its headquarters is located in Utrecht.

The Association began a library in the field of the history of medicine in the Netherlands in 1849. In 1855, the Association's library collection was loaned to the keeping of the University of Amsterdam. This collection is, for its field, the largest in the world and has a high degree of completeness.


  1. ^ "Over KNMG". Archived from the original on 2012-09-02.
  2. ^ Non-therapeutic circumcision on minors 2010 by KNMG
  3. ^ Doctors campaign against 'risky and painful' circumcision of boys September 14, 2011 by
  4. ^ Dutch doctors urge end to male circumcision September 23, 2011 by Reuters.
  5. ^ Discouragement of boys circumcision continue October 3, 2011 by KNMG
  6. ^ Dutch Jews and Muslims fight for circumcision right by Anna Holligan of BBC News on November 2, 2011: " call from the Royal Dutch Medical Association (RDMA) for male circumcision to be discouraged."
  7. ^ Circumcision, the ultimate parenting dilemma by Cordelia Hebblethwaite of BBC News on August 20, 2012: "In the Netherlands, the Royal Dutch Medical Association recommends a "policy of deterrence" on male circumcision"

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