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Shaping policy and regulation

The European Society of Cardiology is engaged in a constant dialogue with health stakeholders in Europe, including EU and national policymakers, European advocacy groups as well as other professional medical associations undertaking European Affairs activities.

More specifically, the ESC Advocacy Committee works to take forward the European agenda on:

  • Prevention: stimulating the development of national strategies to combat heart disease, while providing practical tools to act both at population and individual level.
  • Research: improving the standards of cardiovascular research in Europe through the identification and promotion of unmet research needs and priorities.
  • Regulatory Affairs: establishing an open dialogue and exchange with European regulatory authorities on cardiovascular regulatory aspects.
  • Registries: ensuring political support to the development of comparable CVD data in the European Union
  • e-Health: favour the development of ICT tools and services for cardiovascular health

Regulatory Affairs (Medical Devices)

The ESC has been collaborating with the EU on regulatory issues since 2008 and is a recognised authority on CVD regulatory issues by decision makers.  The ESC's role is to ensure that appropriate regulation and legislation in place for safe, efficient and timely CVD interventions. Find out more about the ESC's role in the development of EU medical devices legislation.


The ESC has representatives working with the European Commission's Expert groups on e-Health to ensure the interests of cardiovascular healthcare professionals and their patients are represented:

European Heart Health Charter

The European Heart Health Charter was developed by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Heart Network, in collaboration with the European Commission and WHO Regional Office for Europe, to prevent cardiovascular disease in Europe. Find out more

Scientific Documents and Papers

Get an overview of all scientific documents and papers produced by the ESC to support its advocacy activity.

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Share your expertise

If you are interested in becoming involved with the ESC's advocacy programme, please contact us at