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Accreditation of centres by the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC)

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.



About the programme

EAPC_female_doc_patient.jpgThis programme falls under the EAPC Education and Accreditation Committee's activities and is eligible for centres within ESC Member Countries and ESC Affiliated Countries.

Objectives

  • Promote and monitor the quality of CV preventive care in a uniform manner
  • Provide confidence in the quality of CV preventive care to patients and their caretakers
  • Provide benchmarks for the quality of infrastructure, equipment/facilities, staff, and care

Topics

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.

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 the 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 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 the 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
Belgium Revalidatie en Gezondheidscentrum Jessa Ziekenhuis, Hasselt    X   08/2026
Belgium OLV Hospital - Cardiovascular Center Aalst   X   11/2026
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 Center for Prevention, Sports Medicine and Sports Cardiology       X 06/2026
Germany Department of Cardiology I – University Hospital Muenster X    

07/2026

Ireland Beaumont Hospital   X  

05/2025

Ireland

Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Galway

X     06/2023
Italy Institute of Sport Medicine and Science     X 04/2026
Lithuania

Kulautuva Hospital of Rehabilitation of Lithuania University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos

  X   10/2026
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
Slovenia Centre for Preventive Cardiology / Center za preventivno kardiologijo  X  X   12/2026
Spain Servicio de Cardiología
Hospital Universitario Araba
   X   10/2024
Switzerland

Centre for Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern

   X   06/2026
Switzerland

Hochgebirgsklinik Davos - Herz Reha Davos

 X  X   06/2023
The Netherlands Hartrevalidatie Centrum Máxima MC    X   01/2026
The Netherlands University Medical Center Utrecht X X  X 08/2026
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland St George’s, University of London      X 04/2022