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EHRA Recognised Training Centres

EHRA Recognised Training Centres (ERTC) programme aims at acknowledging and supporting good educational practices provided by centres

Arrhythmias

Centres are recognised through the educational and practical teaching programmes they will provide for their fellows.

About 

It is a quality label enabling training centres to highlight efficiency, add value to their quality of education and mentoring, increase notoriety as well as attract fellows and practitioners. It is also designed to be used as a mean to verify the uniformity of educational tools, standardised practical teaching to improve the overall quality of the laboratories.

Who can apply

All EP labs and centres

Rules and regulations

Please read carefully the following Rules and Regulations, prior to completing online the ERTC application form:

  • Language: Documents, letters and applications must be submitted in English.
  • ERTC E-form: All questions of the application form are mandatory and need to be positively answered. Centres should submit the form along with a letter of support from their respective EP Working Groups and/or National Cardiac Societies.
  • MyESC Account: The applying centre should create its own account via MyESC platform providing clear, valid and complete contact details.  
  • Submission Date: Applications can be submitted all year round.
  • Validity: ERTC Quality Label is valid for 5 calendar years as of the date of acceptance.
  • Fellows’ list: Accepted centres are asked to send a list of their enrolled Fellows once the centre is accepted to take part of the ERTC programme. This list should contain Fellows full name, Training Fellowship starting/ending dates, email addresses. Accordingly, EHRA will only use this list for the purpose of assessing this programme.
  • Fellows’ survey: A survey will be sent on a random basis to some fellows of the accepted centres. The outcome of the survey is subject to the committee’s assessment. The centre should inform its fellows that they might be contacted to anonymously complete a survey, as their opinion and experience is valued and needed. Fellows of the selected centres can also spontaneously fill in the survey if wished.
  • Quality Label Status: The ERTC Quality Label of a centre can be subject to non-renewal if Fellows’ survey outcome is repetitively negative.

Requirements at a glance

Centre

  • Type and Contact details
  • Training facilities and expertise

Centre staff

  • Senior EPs are EHRA members
  • EHRA certified

Participation

  • Enrolled fellows
  • Number of procedures performed per year

EP National Cardiac Society / Working Group

  • Letter of support

ERTC registration process

Step 1: Submission of the ERTC application form

Complete positively all mandatory questions of the application form and submit all complementary support letters.

Step 2: Application Assessment

The process will take up to 4 weeks once the ERTC application form is properly submitted.

Step 3: Application Status

Applying centre will be notified whether its application was accepted or not.

Step 4: Payment

The accepted centre is requested to pay the full amount after receiving the invoice via bank transfer and credit card.

Step 5: Visibility

The accepted centre will be featured on our website and get a higher visibility which will attract more fellows.

Fees

500 Euros per year*

* 2,500 Euros for the duration of the programme (5 years) and (subject to 20% VAT)– to be paid in full, upon application submission and acceptance after receiving the invoice via bank transfer and credit card.

APPLICATION WEB FORM

You can download the EXCEL file version below to help you to prepare your answers to submit your application on the web form. Please note carefully that you can not send this document to the ESC Certification Office as an official application.

Application form EXCEL file

List of Recognised Training Centres

 We are pleased to share the list of EHRA Recognised Training Centres:

 

Country Laboratory Date Contact Person / Email Description
Switzerland University Hospital of Basel 26/09/2016 Prof. Christian Sticherling The University Hospital Basel hosts the busiest electrophysiology Service in Switzerland. In two fully-equipped dedicated EP labs, more than 700 ablations and more than 400 CIED implantations are performed annually. CARTO 3 and Rhythmia mapping Systems, as well as the Stereotaxis remote Navigation System, are in use. The staff consists of 4 formally US-trained electrophysiologists.
Germany  Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus Hospital 14/11/2016 Dr. Kars Neven       As one of the highest-volume electrophysiologic centres in Nord Rhine-Westfalia, the Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus Hospital has 2 dedicated electrophysiologic labs, both equipped with full options Carto-systems and LabPro EP-systems. Four full-time electrophysiologists (3 are certified by EHRA and/or the German Cardiac Society, 1 will soon follow) perform approx. 600 electrophysiologic studies and ablations (all but epicardial ablation) and implant approx. 400 cardiac devices (all devices, including LAA-occluders) annually. The modern and renowned hospital has an electrophysiologic ward and patients are seen in an electrophysiologic outpatient clinic, with a dedicated pacemaker/ICD nurse. Clinical research, contract research as well as investigator-initiated research, is being conducted with the assistance of a study nurse.
Russia     Interventional Cardiology Center 22/12/2016 Mrs. Anastasia Sharygina
 
The Interventional Cardiology Center has access to 3 (three) EP labs. The Center has all modern equipment including robotics (Stereotaxis). During the year approximately 3000 procedures are performed in the Center, including catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (approximately 1700 per year), ICD/PM Implantation (approx. 1300 per year), lead extraction (10 per year). At least 5 procedures are performed daily. The Center is an active participant in the numerous local initiative studies and multicenter international studies (including CABANA study - 1st place in enrollment, ATTEST, CASTLE-AF, APAF-CRT). The Center takes part in different Russian and international educational programs with duration from 1 week to 2 years. The Center was a hosting centre for 1 (one) year in frames of EHRA Training Fellowship program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9C-whmDEQM
The Center is part of the research institute/hospital, the biggest in Russia, that performs all varieties of cardiovascular services.
Spain University Hospital Clinic of Barcelona  12/01/2017 Ms. Neus Portella The Arrhythmia Section of Hospital Clinic of Barcelona runs a busy programme with a high volume of procedures with 3 devoted laboratories, they implant about: 700 devices, and perform about 500 ablation procedures. Their hands-on program ensures a full integration of the fellow on the regular medical activities including sessions, and research protocols. There are currently 4 main specific research programs (atrial fibrillation, cardiac resynchronization, channelopathies and VT ablation) that are running in collaboration with other departments (echocardiography, radiology, heart failure unit, pneumology) and that ensures a participation in research studies.
In summary, the department may offer a good program that guarantees appropriate training objectives both in clinical abilities and research knowledge.
Denmark Aarhus University Hospital  06/03/2017 Dr. Jens Cosedis Nielsen  Four labs, 1100 device operations and 900 catheter ablations per year. Expertise in advanced CRT, ablation of all kinds of arrhythmias, and device extractions. 6 senior electrophysiologists, 2 consultants. Large outpatient device activity, extensive experience in the remote follow-up of devices. High scientific activity within the field of arrhythmia.
United Kingdom Edinburgh Heart Centre 07/03/2017 Dr. Neil Grubb Edinburgh Heart Centre provides training in invasive cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac device therapy at a centre which serves a population of 1.7 million. 450 basic and complex electrophysiology procedures are performed each year. For EP work, CARTO and Velocity electroanatomic mapping systems are used, and focal and balloon cryoablation procedures are regularly performed. This includes ablation for atrial fibrillation and other atrial arrhythmias, and normal heart and structural VT ablation. More than 800 cardiac devices are implanted annually, and training is available in pacemakers, defibrillator and CRT device implantation and follow-up. Good research infrastructure is available on site via the Queen's Medical Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh.
France Institut cardiovasculaire Paris-Sud 10/03/2017 Dr. Vladimir MANENTI Our purpose is to enhance our clinical research activity and step up our production of peer-reviewed publications, especially in the field of atrial fibrillation ablation (database including 900 patients with MRI prior to AF ablation).
This fellowship program will consist of:
- 40% EP, mainly AF & paediatrics
- 20% device implant/FU
- 40% research/publications
We have gathered a sufficient wealth of data to generate 3 to 4 publications aimed at peer-reviewed journals during a 1- or 2-year fellowship period.
 We perform 900 catheter ablation cases annually (3D mapping system, contact force catheter, epicardial approach) including, per year:
- 300 atrial fibrillation,
- 200 adult SVT,
- 100 paediatric ablations,
- 50 ventricular tachycardia,
- 250 flutters.
 We presently have a volume of 700 implanted devices, including 200 implantable cardiac defibrillators (conventional/subcutaneous) and 200 cases of cardiac resynchronization therapy. We also perform several tens of lead extraction procedures every year.
Germany Heart Center Leipzig 6/02/2017 Dr. Katrin Landgraf Department of Electrophysiology of Heart Center  Leipzig is one of the largest and most acknowledged centres for invasive electrophysiology.  In 4 dedicated EP-labs equipped with most advanced technology over 2400 ablation procedures and 1500 implantations are being performed each year.