The “German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) e.V.” - until September 1991 it was called the “German Association for Medical Documentation, Informatics and Statistics e.V. (GMDS) - is an independent scientific-medical professional association. It is entered into the register of associations as a non-profit association and has its headquarters in Cologne. The GMDS adds to the great number of scientific-medical organisations, which is at approximately 180 organisations in the Federal Republic of Germany, and has its primary fields of activity in theory and application, in research and teaching. Its task is promoting medical informatics including medical documentation, medical biometry and epidemiology.
Since the mid-1950s, the activities of the new specialist fields of "medical documentation and statistics" have been incorporated into the efforts of the "Medicine Working Committee" which founded in 1955 in the German Association for Documentation, the predecessor of today's GMDS. It was finally constituted as an association in 1955, but the origins of the GMDS can be traced back to 1951. It is thus the oldest professional association in Europe in the fields of medical documentation, informatics and statistics