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EAPC Preventive Cardiology Centre Accreditation

Recognising and monitoring the quality of cardiovascular preventive care in ESC member countries and ESC Affiliated Cardiac Society countries.

Rehabilitation and Sports Cardiology
Risk Factors and Prevention

The European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) has developed an accreditation system to assess the quality of care at centres providing cardiovascular risk prevention across Europe. With this accreditation programme, the EAPC aims to set standards for preventive cardiology practice, thus improving quality of care and cardiovascular health.

The accreditation system covers three subgroups:

  • Secondary prevention / cardiac rehabilitation
  • Sports cardiology
  • Risk management and prevention

Accreditation is granted for a period of three years.

For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Who can apply?

  • Centre/department/outpatient clinic (public or privately run) providing cardiovascular risk prevention in an ESC member country or ESC Affiliated Cardiac Society country.

Other criteria

  • Must have been in operation for a minimum of two years.
  • Must have at least one current staff member who is an EAPC Silver or Gold Member.
  • Applications shall be submitted online.
  • Documents, letters, and applications must be submitted in English. 

Read the FAQs and sample indicators for more information. 


  • Benchmark and recognition of the quality of infrastructure, equipment/facilities, staff, and care.
  • Provision of certificate, accreditation plaque and media kit (press release, sample messages for social media).
  • One free registration for the EAPC annual congress - ESC Preventive Cardiology.
  • Visibility via inclusion on the accredited centre list, and in the preventive cardiology bulletins.
  • Invitation to post a testimonial and photo on the EAPC Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • Networking event for accredited centre representatives at ESC Preventive Cardiology / ESC Congress.

Review process

The applications will be reviewed based on a list of pre-defined criteria for each subgroup. Each list has a number of priority criteria (minimum requirements) and a number of standard criteria. The criteria are based on recent literature and have undergone a face validity check.

The evaluation of centres will be made on:

  • Qualifications and training record of staff
  • Organisation of care
  • Infrastructure and equipment

Each application will be evaluated by two EAPC reviewers and will be sent to the reviewing chairperson in case of conflicts.

Applications can either be accepted, declined or marked eligible for resubmission within six months, with indications of required improvements.

Accreditation fees

Administrative fee (payable upon submission and non-refundable):

  • €300 (excluding VAT)

Accreditation fees (for three years, to be paid in full upon confirmation of accreditation)

  • One category: €5,700 (excluding VAT)
  • Two categories: €9,900 (excluding VAT; discount of 15% applied)
  • Three categories: €12,300 (excluding VAT; discount of 30% applied)


EAPC Accredited Centres

We are pleased to share the list of centres already accredited:


Centre Country Cardiovascular risk management and prevention Secondary prevention and cardiac rehabilitation Sports cardiology Valid until
Unidade de Reabilitação Cardíaca do Centro Hospitalar de Leiria Portugal   X   January 2025

Medicum Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Centre

Estonia    X   October 2024
Servicio de Cardiología
Hospital Universitario Araba
Spain    X   October 2024
OLV Hospital - Cardiovascular Center Aalst Belgium   X   September 2023
Amiri Medical Complex Afghanistan X     September 2023

Centro de Reabilitação Cardiovascular, Serviço Cardiologia CHULN, FMUL, Lisboa

Portugal   X   June 2023

Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Galway

Ireland X     June 2023

Hochgebirgsklinik Davos - Herz Reha Davos

Switzerland  X  X   June 2023
University Hospital Leuven - Cardiovascular Diseases Belgium   X   January 2023
Institute of Sport Medicine and Science Italy     X September 2022
European Prevention Center (EPC) Germany X     August 2022
University Medical Center Utrecht The Netherlands X X  X June 2022 
St George’s, University of London United Kingdom      X April 2022 
Preventive sports medicine and sports cardiology centre, Munich  Germany      X April 2022 
Jessa Ziekenhuis Hospital, Hasselt  Belgium    X   April 2022
Centre for Preventive Cardiology, Sports Medicine
Cardiovascular Centre
Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern
 Switzerland    X   April 2022