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Laboratory Accreditation

Accreditation of echocardiographic laboratories in Transthoracic (TTE), Transesophageal (TEE) and Stress Echocardiography (SE)

The EACVI aims at setting up a European standard in laboratory practices and patient care.

Since 2009, the EACVI offers Laboratory Accreditation in TTE, TEE and SE



Why would you benefit from receiving EACVI Laboratory Accreditation?

Educational benefits:

  • preference to be hosting centers for EACVI grants (prestige and reimbursement)
  • preference in participation in EACVI specific educational projects (for instance, e-learning)
  • preference to be hosting centers for fellowships
  • preference in the selection for educational courses and meetings

Scientific benefits:

  • preference in participation in EACVI specific scientific projects

Research benefits:

  • strong preference for research programs (starting with the NORRE STUDY)

Economical benefits:

  • preference to be selected for trials with echo sub studies

The aim of the EACVI Laboratory Accreditation process is to raise quality standards of practice and equipment across Europe in a uniform manner. It is also designed to be used as an educational tool to improve the overall quality of the laboratories.

The EACVI Laboratory Accreditation process is also aimed at providing laboratories with standards against which they can benchmark themselves and may be used to reinforce a case for the purchase or upgrade of equipment and facilities to meet these standards. 

What this process does not provide is a legal framework for practice but represents a voluntary process of standards that must function within national and local regulations. It is designed to apply to all ESC Member Countries whatever their model of provision of echocardiography.

Requirements

Eligibility rules

To be eligible, echocardiography laboratories should meet the following requirements:

  • Must be established for at least 3 years
  • Have at least the head, lead or a senior member of the laboratory holding an EACVI or mutually recognised individual certification in the modules applied for (except for SE) preferably at the time of applying (refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Guide for more details)
  • There is no restriction on the type of centres (private, university laboratories etc.), all institutions can apply. 

Please note: Laboratories which achieve accreditation status may be selected at random for a visitation from the Committee to verify the information on their submitted documents. 

Language of submission

Module documentation should be completed in English while additional documents required (such as patient information leaflets, standard procedure documents...) can be submitted in the local language. This is providing that there is at least one National Society Reviewer for the laboratory’s country involved in the EACVI Laboratory Accreditation process (see list below which will be updated on a regular basis). Other ESC member countries should submit all documentation in English.

Countries with nominated reviewers for EACVI Laboratory Accreditation:

  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

General rules

  • The TTE module is mandatory in order to apply for any other module.
  • A laboratory must be successful in TTE to receive accreditation in TEE or SE.
  • To be eligible for advanced accreditation in TTE the head/s of the laboratory must be individually certified in TTE by EACVI or a mutually recognised organisation.
  • The EACVI Committee Members may visit any EACVI accredited Laboratory to proceed with an on-site inspection and verification.

Applying for advanced accreditation does not guarantee being granted this grade. Your laboratory may receive a standard grade if it does not meet the requirements for advanced accreditation.

Process for applications

EACVI Laboratory accreditation applications are submitted online and can be done at anytime.

What happens after laboratories have submitted their application online?

    • Once submitted, an application is no longer editable. 
    • Email the accreditation office once you have completed your submission in full.  
    • The application is first reviewed by the EACVI Accreditation Office for an administrative check. If the application is incomplete, the laboratory will be contacted and asked to supply missing information within one month's time.
    • If your application is complete, it will be sent to the representative of the relevant National Society for review and recommendations. This process may take up to 2 months.
    • In case some information is missing, you will be contacted by the EACVI Accreditation Office and asked to supply relevant information within one month's time.
    • After review by the National Society, the EACVI Laboratory Accreditation Sub-Committee will review all applications and recommendations of the National Society. The final decisions process can take up to 2 months - longer if further information is requested.
    • Upon completion of the review process, laboratories will be informed by email of the results of their application by the EACVI Accreditation Office.
    • An EACVI Laboratory Accreditation Diploma will be awared to successful institutions.

Re-accreditation

The accreditation is valid for 5 years. Find out more about the re-accreditation process.


 

European Society
of Cardiology

Les Templiers
2035 Route des Colles
CS 80179 BIOT
06903 Sophia Antipolis
Cedex France

Phone: 33.4.92.94.76.00