The Order no longer wants doctors to perform virginity tests and issue certificates. The Order's spokesman Prof Michel Deneyer: "A clinical examination cannot show with certainty whether somebody is a virgin or not. Such certificates also throw up ethical and deontological issues. It's an infringement of a woman's intimacy. It also infringes the principle of equality because nobody can show whether a man is a virgin."
Gynaecologist Katrien De Maeyer of Sint-Monica Hospital in Deurne near Antwerp: "I'm asked up to ten times a year to issue such a certificate. I tell my patients I'm against such certificates. It's only seldom I issue one. I provide a certificate to show that they went for a check-up. That's often sufficient!"
The Order of Physicians is following WHO practice. The WHO has called for action to stop virginity certificates.