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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. 

Benefits

  • 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)

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EAPC Accredited Centres

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

 

  Country Centre Cardiovascular risk management and prevention Secondary prevention and cardiac rehabilitation Sports cardiology Valid until
  Afghanistan Amiri Medical Complex X     09/2023
  Belgium Jessa Ziekenhuis Hospital, Hasselt    X   04/2022
  Belgium OLV Hospital - Cardiovascular Center Aalst   X   09/2023
  Belgium University Hospital Leuven - Cardiovascular Diseases   X   01/2023
  Estonia

Medicum Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Centre

   X   10/2024
  Germany European Prevention Center (EPC) X     08/2022
  Germany Preventive sports medicine and sports cardiology centre, Munich      X 04/2022 
  Ireland Beaumont Hospital   X  

05/2025

  Ireland

Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Galway

X     06/2023
  Italy Institute of Sport Medicine and Science     X 09/2022
  Portugal

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

  X   06/2023
  Portugal Unidade de Reabilitação Cardíaca do Centro Hospitalar de Leiria   X   01/2025
  Spain Servicio de Cardiología
Hospital Universitario Araba
   X   10/2024
  Switzerland Centre for Preventive Cardiology, Sports Medicine
Cardiovascular Centre
Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern
   X   04/2022
  Switzerland

Hochgebirgsklinik Davos - Herz Reha Davos

 X  X   06/2023
  The Netherlands University Medical Center Utrecht X X  X 06/2022 
  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland St George’s, University of London      X 04/2022