Statement regarding EACVI recertification of BSE members who previously held Paediatric Echo accreditation.
The British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) previously offered members an accreditation route for paediatric echocardiography. BSE paediatric accreditation was valid for a period of 5 years. This process was withdrawn by the BSE over five years ago in 2007.
The EACVI commenced a process of certification in Congenital Heart Echocardiography in 2007, the mechanism involves a written exam, a logbook requirement and since 2010 Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS).
At that time only the BSE had an established paediatric certification process. There is an agreement for reciprocity between the BSE and EACVI, and given the withdrawal of the British paediatric pathway, the EACVI agreed, at the request of the BSE to offer a recertification pathway for those individuals who had passed the paediatric BSE examination. This was intended as a one-off recertification to current BSE members who could show appropriate continuing profession development (CPD) during the five years of their BSE accreditation.
To facilitate this process, the EACVI asked the BSE to provide a list of all existing BSE Paediatric accredited members so that EACVI recertification pathway could be offered. Using the list provided by the BSE, an invitation was sent to all listed members with a registration deadline of 31/12/2011.
BSE members who registered by that deadline and provided proof of continuing professional development were duly recertified by the EACVI.
However, during early 2012, it became apparent that there were additional BSE members who held Paediatric Accreditation but who did not appear on the BSE lists sent to the EACVI in 2011. To safeguard fairness, the EACVI again asked the BSE to send a complete list of any further members holding paediatric accreditation who were not included on the 2011 list. A second call was issued with a deadline for registration of 31/07/2012. This supplementary invitation was for those BSE members who had not previously been on the BSE list and did not apply to who had been contacted in 2011 but had not responded by the 2011 deadline.
Additional BSE members who registered by the July deadline and provided proof of continuing professional development were duly recertified by the EACVI.
The EACVI had now extended two invitations to BSE members to recertify and this route is now closed. The EACVI relies solely on the BSE to provide a complete list of current members and regrets any deficiencies in those lists provided by the BSE, but cannot be held a responsible for the accuracy or otherwise of the BSE lists. All future Congenital Heart Echo Certification will now proceed via the established EACVI exam/logbook/DOPS route and be uniform for all applicants across Europe.Dr O. MillerCHD Certification Chair
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