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ESC Affiliation Programme

Discover the ESC Affiliation Programme, how to apply, benefits, rights and duties of the programme!

What is the Affiliation Programme ?

What can the ESC offer your organisation?

The status of Affiliated Cardiac Society comes from the wish of the ESC Board to create a platform for Cardiac Societies and other professional bodies interested in cardiovascular medicine, based outside Europe and the Mediterranean basin, to enable their closer collaboration with the ESC.

Do you want your organisation to become an Affiliated Cardiac Society member?

Affiliate status allows Cardiac Societies that cannot become members of the European Society of Cardiology for geographic reasons, to collaborate closely with the Society and its constituent bodies. Any Cardiac Society or other professional body with an interest in cardiovascular medicine may apply to the ESC for Affiliated Membership.

Find information about the Affiliated Cardiac Societies of the ESC

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Apply for Affiliation

Detailed procedure of application for affiliation and requirements.

Who can apply?

Any Affiliated Cardiac Society or other professional body with an interest in cardiovascular medicine may apply to the ESC for the Affiliated programme. Any request for affiliation must be institutional, as  opposed to individual.

The professional body needs to be an established and well recognised cardiology organisation, with  democratic rules, Board, committee, and be considered as the main organisation of its kind in the  country.

How to apply for affiliation?

An official request can be sent by email to the ESC Global Affairs Department at the European Heart House.

An official letter of request (preferably on official letterhead) from the President or Secretary of the organisation must be addressed to the ESC Head of Global Affairs Department at the European Heart House, or to the President of the ESC, confirming the consensus and motivation for affiliation from the board on behalf of the members.

This letter must be accompanied by the following documentation in English about the organisation:

  1. Official statutes / by-laws (a summary in English is accepted, if the statutes are available in national language only)
  2. Names and roles of current board members
  3. Contact information for the office and board members
  4. Board and membership structure
  5. Brief history of the organisation
  6. Resources, such as web site, journals published (web addresses, no of issues, English version available, etc..)
  7. Details of main activities: congresses, working groups, regional entities

Approval process

Each application is reviewed and a decision to accept or reject it is made by the ESC Board, and then announced during the ESC General Assembly each year. The affiliation is official only counting from this meeting, which takes place during the ESC Congress (late August – early September every year).

A Memorandum of Understanding document, stating the rights and duties involved, will be signed between each new Affiliated Cardiac Society and the ESC.

Throughout the process you will be kept informed by the ESC Global Affairs Department and you can send any questions you may have to our central email address:

Benefits for members

The ESC Membership scheme allows individual members to be part of a unique international community at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine. It provides access to the latest science through ESC journals,  educational programmes and congresses. It facilitates networking with peers all over the world. Different levels of membership are available giving the possibility to every health care professional to access the  resources he/she needs, including some of the following benefits:

  • Special price and access to educational programmes
  • Special price and access to ESC Journals
  • Access to the online ESC Member Directory
  • Discount on ESC Congress registration
  • Access to ESC Congress resources
  • Access to ESC Pocket Guidelines and Guidelines resources

Programme and Objectives

Details of the Affiliated Membership Programme

Any Cardiac Society or main professional body within cardiovascular medicine may apply to the ESC for Affiliated programme: see details about application above.

Principles and areas of collaboration

Affiliated Cardiac Societies will be offered the possibility to participate in most of the activities of the ESC. Different activities may be jointly organised by the ESC and the Affiliated Cardiac Society, according to particular needs and resources.

A preferred communication is established between the ESC and its Affiliated Cardiac Societies by regular meetings and visits to take place to ensure continuing collaboration.


Affiliated Cardiac Societies undertake to encourage their members to participate in congress activities of the ESC.

Affiliated Cardiac Societiesmembers are encouraged to send abstracts to all congresses of the ESC (ESC Congress and subspecialty congresses). There will be, however, no guarantee of privileged selection.

Affiliated Cardiac Societies may propose experts to be considered as abstract graders and chairpersons of sessions.

The ESC is willing to organise joint sessions at the National Congresses of the Affiliated Cardiac Societies, if there is mutual interest and sufficient available resources in this event. Affiliated Cardiac Society is responsible for the payment of the travel, hotel accommodation and local transport.

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ESC Journals

The Affiliated Cardiac Societies are encouraged to submit scientific papers to ESC journals, as well as to the subspecialty journals published by the ESC. Their members are encouraged to subscribe to these journals.

Other forms of collaboration may be considered, such as the creation of specific language versions of journals, if approved by the publisher and by the Editor-in-Chief.

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Educational events

Members of Affiliated Cardiac Societies will be invited to participate in educational events organised by the ESC.

educational products

Affiliated Cardiac Societies may adopt the ESC Core Syllabus, and use it for any educational purpose in their countries.

Affiliated Cardiac Societies are encouraged to promote ESC educational products, such as books, distance learning programmes, ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines, ESC e-learning platform, a web based tool which facilitates the harmonisation of cardiovascular training in cardiology.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Affiliated Cardiac Societies are encouraged to officially endorse the ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.  Publication and translation of Clinical Practice Guidelines will be regulated by a separate contract.

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Depending on local possibilities and interest, Affiliated Cardiac Societies may be offered the possibility to use and may participate to the EURObservational Research Programme (EORP). The ESC might manage data in Affiliated countries.

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Each year the Affiliated Cardiac Society members can apply for grants such as research and training. These grants will be offered in open competition to young cardiologists, who are members of Affiliated Cardiac Societies to allow them to spend a period of clinical or research training in a centre within one of the ESC member countries.

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The Affiliated Cardiac Societies will be encouraged to have their educational and scientific events accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

Rights and Duties

Affiliated Cardiac Societies benefit from specific rights.

Rights of the Affiliated Cardiac Societies

Affiliated Cardiac Societies (ACS) will benefit from specific rights when entering the ESC “family”:

  • ESC Web Site: specific “Affiliated Cardiac Societies” pages created within the Global Affairs web page on the ESC Web Site, to promote the congresses and other activities of the Affiliated Cardiac Societies. In specific cases, selected information can also be included in the ESC Web News. Links will also be provided to the Affiliated Cardiac Societies’ websites.
  • Customer service to members of Affiliated Cardiac Societies
  • A meeting of representatives of Affiliated Cardiac Societies with the Board of the ESC can be organised every year at the ESC Congress
  • A special dinner for Affiliated Cardiac Societies Presidents and ESC leadership is organised during ESC Congress
  • Preferential communication with the ESC and the Affiliated Cardiac Societies and the current Global Affairs Committee Chairperson. The Head of the ESC Global Affairs Department will be the principle contact person for the Affiliated Cardiac Society.

However, the following limitations apply:

  • Affiliated Cardiac Societies have no voting rights at the General Assembly.
  • Membership in an Affiliated Cardiac Society does not make an individual eligible for election to positions on the Board of the ESC.
  • Affiliated Cardiac Societies will have no formal representation on ESC Committees and Task Forces.

Duties of the Affiliated Cardiac Society

The Affiliated Cardiac Societies undertake to encourage their members to participate in ESC activities and to use ESC scientific and educational products.

The Affiliated Cardiac Societies should appoint a person responsible for communication with the ESC and communicate this contact to the ESC Global Affairs Department.

Affiliated Cardiac Societies will be requested (to the extent permitted by local law) to share the list of e-mail addresses of their members in a usable format. The ESC may then communicate directly or indirectly with these members concerning ESC programmes and products. The ESC will respect the confidentiality of this data in accordance with current legislation, and will not transmit the data to any commercial third parties.