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The leadership of the ESC and the Heart Failure Association (HFA) have been closely following the current health crisis. The spread of COVID-19 around the world and the necessity for healthcare professionals to deal with the epidemic in their hospitals has inevitably impacted the availability of both faculty and delegates to take part.
Furthermore, the Spanish authorities have declared a state of emergency while the Catalan government has imposed a total lockdown and severe travel bans.
As a result of these factors and our responsibility to protect the health of our faculty, delegates and staff, the HFA leadership has decided that cancelling Heart Failure 2020 is the only responsible course of action.
No, the congress is cancelled.
On the congress webpages.
Your registration fee will be refunded in full as soon as possible. We recognise the disappointment and inconvenience this has caused, and we are waiving our normal reimbursement rules.
You will be automatically refunded on the credit card you used to register. If the payment was made by bank transfer you can add the bank details in your My ESC account. Note that the registration fee will only be refunded to the account used for the payment of your registration.
If you cancelled your participation in the congress before the official cancellation was announced, you will need to provide an official document stating that you were unable to attend due to travel restrictions. Please send this by email.
The 2020 free registrations will not be transfered. Students will be invited to apply again in 2021.
We encourage you to keep your membership with its many benefits available throughout the year. You will not be reimbursed automatically, however you are entitled to cancel your membership as outlined in the ESC Sales Conditions. Due to the exceptional circumstances presented by COVID-19, the membership cancellation period has been extended to 4 July 2020 on the condition that you have not accessed any of the benefits online.
Yes, the exam is cancelled.
As HFA cancelled the exam, the full registration fee will be refunded in the coming weeks. However, HFA is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation of accommodation and travel arrangements.
The HFA is currently working on alternative solutions to deliver the exam at a later date.
For hotel accommodation please contact the agency or hotel to cancel your booking and check the cancellation conditions. For your airline travel, contact your airline directly and if you have taken travel insurance, contact your provider for information about the cancellation procedure.
If the ESC reserved your flight and/or hotel, we will cancel these on your behalf. No action is required on your part. If you booked your flight and/or hotel yourself, please contact your airline and booking agent directly.
Yes. Kindly notify us by email so we can log this information on your abstract.
Publication is linked to presentation at a congress. We therefore, at this time, cannot inform you about potential publication.
If travel reimbursement is part of your Faculty entitlements you will receive shortly additional instructions on how to submit an expense claim. (Reimbursement to Faculty members is based on the HFA Travel Policy.
As per our sales terms and conditions, the ESC will refund sums paid by industry partners for contractual commitments less 25% for administrative fees. For any queries regarding refunds, please contact us.
Elections results will be ratified and announced at the HFA General Assembly at ESC Congress 2020 and communicated on the ESC website.
The next HFA General Assembly will be held at ESC Congress 2020.
No, but you may apply for an appointment at Heart Failure 2021.
An online option is not currently available, but we very much hope you will sign up for a mentoring session at a future congress with us.
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.
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