||In 1990, in Europe the Saint Vincent Declaration (SVD) was
signed. This was signed by diabetologists, health care professionals and by a number of
individual governments of European countries. The SVD set several goals which included
reduction in the incidence of diabetic blindness, amputations due to diabetes and coronary
heart disease. A declared aim was that pregnancy outcome of diabetic women should
approximate that of nondiabetic women. At the time the SVD was signed, there were no
population based registries for diabetic pregnancy outcomes. However the aspiration based
on the state of knowledge at that time seemed to be readily achieved.