The habit of routine male circumcision was never the custom in continental Europe.2 The Royal Dutch Medical Association (a.k.a. KNMG) states that non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors is a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity. KNMG is calling upon doctors to actively and insistently inform the parents of the absence of medical benefits and the danger of complications (bleeding, infection, urethral stricture and panic attacks).16
There are no studies that describe the trends in pediatric circumcision in Belgium. In August 2012, an article was published in ‘Le Soir’, a non-scientific magazine, claiming that there is a rise in the number of circumcisions in Belgium, due to an increase in the circumcisions performed for religious reasons. The yearly number of circumcisions performed in Belgium was obtained from numbers of the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI or RIZIV). The number of circumcisions performed in Belgium increased by about 21%, from 19,853 in 2006 to 25,286 in 2011. These numbers includes non-pediatric circumcisions. The claim that this increase was due to a rise in the circumcisions performed for religious reasons was based on interviews of six doctors.58
The Belgian Medical Association (a.k.a. Orde van Geneesheren) has not (yet?) published an official circumcision policy.