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Welcome to the European Society of Cardiology. Our mission: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe

Accreditation in Cardiology

Accreditation refers both to the accreditation of educational programmes by an accreditation body/ authority and, also to the accreditation of institutions/ laboratories.


Accreditation of ESC Educational Programmes

ESC submits its educational programmes to the EBAC for accreditation. 

The European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) accredits international CME (Continuing Medical Education)  programmes in cardiology, such as:

  • Events
  • Internet based courses
  • CDROMs
  • CME articles and texts.

For more information, visit the EBAC Web Site.

Accreditation of Laboratories by EACVI

With their programme of accreditation for laboratories, EACVI are setting the standards in laboratory practice and patient care.

The objectives are to:

  • raise quality standards of practice and equipment
  • be used as an educational tool to improve overall quality of laboratories
  • provide standards against which labs can benchmark themselves 
  • be used to reinforce a case for the purchase or upgrade of equipment and facilities to meet these standards

This programme is a voluntary process that must function within national and local regulations. It is designed to apply to all ESC Member Countries whathever their model of provision of echocardiography.  This process does not provide a legal framework for practice.

For more information, visit the EACVI webpages.