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Frequently-Asked Questions

Is my event eligible for endorsement?

The ESC Education Committee considers endorsement requests for in-person and/or online live educational events (meetings/courses/congresses).

Webinars and university courses are not included in the ESC Policy for Endorsement of Live Educational Events.


What are the compliance criteria?

  1. The event must be based on recent ESC Guidelines and/or ESC constituent bodies consensus documents, which also must be clearly visible in the programme and/or site of the event.
  2. The event must not promote single products or devices. Therefore, monosponsored events are not endorsable. In case of multi sponsorship, commercial bias must be prevented.
  3. The event organiser should inform their National Cardiac Society of the event and, whenever possible, involve them.
  4. The event organiser should clearly define the learning objectives and expected outcomes in the application form.
  5. The scientific programme may be presented in the national language, as long as there is an English version of the programme.
  6. The event organiser should strongly encourage case-based presentations.
  7. The event should be interactive to better engage participants using group discussions, breakout sessions and/or voting. For online events, requesters should describe interaction tools available to support online participation and engagement.
  8. The event organiser should identify learning needs and assess them using evaluation mechanisms, such as pre- and post-testing.
  9. The event should be open to all persons interested in attending, without restricted access.
  10. The event cannot compete with those organized by ESC or its constituent bodies, and it cannot be potentially harmful to the ESC brand and image.
  11. The organiser is required to provide feedback on the event (a template will be provided).
  12. Submission of the event for accreditation is strongly recommended.


What are the benefits of having my event endorsed?

  • Scientific Programme review and feedback provided by the ESC Education Committee Task Force
  • Promotion of the event on the ESC website (link to page)
  • Use of ESC/subspecialty logo on the event programme bearing the mention ‘Endorsed by…’ (only the logo provided by the ESC to organisers can be used)


Are there any requirements to comply with once endorsement is granted?

  • Inform the local National Cardiac Society (as applicable)
  • Promote ESC/Association Membership via a link posted close to the endorsement visual (link provided by ESC)
  • The organiser shall contract with sponsors under its own name. Multisponsoring is required
  • The oganiser shall ensure that licensed materials will be used for the sole purpose of identifying and promoting the event
  • Deliver the event in compliance with ESC endorsement criteria
  • Provide a report 30 days after the event (template made available)


Is there a fee to pay?


Category – In-Person/Online ESC Endorsement Subspecialty Endorsement
Cat. 1[1]: 1 Lecture Room [2]/ 1 Track [3] €2,000 €500
Cat. 2: 2 Lecture Rooms [2]/ 2 Tracks [3] €3,000 €1,000
Cat. 3: 3 Lecture Rooms [2]/ 3 Tracks [3] €5,000 €2,000

[1] Applicable fee for nurses and allied professionals events and/or events held in a low-income country [as per New World Bank country classifications by income level: 2020-2021], regardless of number of lecture rooms or tracks

[2] Excluding Breakout Rooms

[3] Definition of a track = a sequence of non-time-conflicting sessions (not in parallel)


When will I receive a reply?

You will receive notification within one month after submission of a completed application.[4]

[4] Must include all required information and attached programme


When will the endorsement be considered final?

If the endorsement of your live educational event is granted, it will only be considered final upon contract signature and payment of the endorsement fee.



What is the policy for endorsed Live Events that are Cancelled or Postponed?


Please note that endorsement fees are not refundable for endorsed events that are cancelled.


In case your endorsed event is postponed, within a year after its original date, the endorsement may be carried over to the new date, provided the scientific programme is unchanged. The final decision (to carry over the endorsement) is subject to the Endorsement Task Force validation.