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ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee (CPG Committee)

The ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee was established by the Board of the ESC at its second meeting in October 1994. 

The ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee  or CPG Committee considers innovative roles for the involvement of the ESC in new, health-related policies and in clinical practice, prevention, quality assurance, research programmes and health economics pertaining to cardiovascular disease.

The CPG Committee deals with the following activities:

  • Identification of new roles for the ESC in research and healthcare, in close contact with the Committee for European Affairs of the ESC.
  • Development of new targets to be addressed by the ESC and the strategies to achieve them. 
  • Supervision and monitoring the preparation of guidelines and recommendations by task forces, study groups or consensus panels to improve the practice of cardiology and to support research activities. 
  • Establishment and monitoring of inventories and registries, including activity preparation and motivation, monitoring of progress, coordination of related actitivities, as well as preparation and publication of results.


The committee is composed of members who are elected for a period of two years.

For further information, please contact guidelines@escardio.org 

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee 2020-2022

Chairperson

Colin Baigent, FESC, United Kingdom

Members

  • Magdy Abdelhamid, FESC, Egypt
  • Victor Aboyans, FESC, France
  • Sotiris Antoniou, United Kingdom
  • Elena Arbelo, Spain
  • Riccardo Asteggiano, FESC, Italy
  • Andreas Baumbach, FESC, United Kingdom
  • Michael Borger, Germany
  • Jelena Celutkiene, FESC, Lithuania
  • Maja Cikes, Croatia
  • Jean-Philippe Collet, FESC, France
  • Jens Cosedis Nielsen, Denmark
  • Volkmar Falk, FESC, Germany
  • Laurent Fauchier, FESC, France
  • Christopher Gale, FESC, United Kingdom
  • Sigrun Halvorsen, FESC, Norway
  • Bernard Iung, FESC, France
  • Tiny Jaarsma, FESC, Sweden
  • Aleksandra Konradi, FESC, Russia
  • Konstantinos Koskinas, FESC, Switzerland
  • Dipak Kotecha, FESC, United Kingdom
  • Ulf Landmesser, FESC, Germany
  • Basil Lewis, FESC, Israel
  • Ales Linhart, FESC, Czech Republic
  • Maja-Lisa Lochen, FESC, Norway
  • Richard Mindham, United Kingdom
  • Steffen Petersen, FESC, United Kingdom
  • Eva Prescott, FESC, Denmark
  • Amina Rakisheva, Kazakhstan
  • Marta Sitges, Spain
  • Rhian Touyz, FESC, United Kingdom

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2018-2020

Chairman

Stephan Windecker, FESC, Switzerland

Members

  • Victor Aboyans, FESC, France
  • Colin Baigent, FESC, UK
  • Jean-Philippe Collet, FESC, France
  • Victoria Delgado, FESC, Netherlands
  • Donna Fitzsimons, FESC, UK
  • Christopher Gale, FESC, UK
  • Diederick Grobbee, FESC, NL
  • Sigrun Halvorsen, FESC, Norway
  • Gerhard Hindricks, FESC, Germany
  • Bernard Iung, FESC, France
  • Peter Jüni, FESC, Canada
  • Hugo Katus, FESC, Germany
  • Ulf Landmesser, FESC, Germany
  • Christophe Leclercq, FESC, France
  • Maddalena Lettino, FESC, Italy
  • Basil Lewis, FESC, Israel
  • Béla Merkely, FESC, Hungary
  • Christian Mueller, FESC, Switzerland
  • Steffen Petersen, FESC, UK
  • Anna Sonia Petronio, FESC, Italy
  • Dimitrios Richter, FESC, Greece
  • Marco Roffi, FESC, Switzerland
  • Evgeny Shlyakhto, FESC, Russia
  • Iain Simpson, FESC, UK
  • Miguel Sousa-Uva, FESC, Portugal
  • Rhian Touyz, FESC, UK
  • Veronica Dean, Head of Practice Guidelines Department, ESC, France

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2016-2018

Chairman

Stephan Windecker, FESC, Switzerland (EAPCI)

Members

  • Victor Aboyans, FESC, France
  • Stefan Agewall, FESC, Norway (WG CV Pharmacotherapy)
  • Emanuele Barbato, FESC, Belgium
  • Hector Bueno, FESC, Spain (ACVC)
  • Antonio Coca, FESC, Spain (CHT)
  • Jean-Philippe Collet, FESC, France (WG Thrombosis)
  • Ioan Mircea Coman, FESC, Romania
  • Victoria Delgado, FESC, Netherlands
  • Donna Fitzsimons, NFESC, UK (CCNAP)
  • Oliver Gaemperli, FESC, Switzerland (EACVI)
  • Gerhard Hindricks, FESC, Germany (EHRA)
  • Bernard Iung, FESC, France
  • Peter Juni, FESC, Canada (epidemiologist/statistician)
  • Hugo Katus, FESC, Germany
  • Jujani Knuuti, FESC, Finland
  • Patrizio Lancellotti, FESC, Belgium (EACVI)
  • Christophe Leclerq, France (EHRA)
  • Theresa McDonagh, FESC, UK (HFA)
  • Massimo Francesco Piepoli, FESC, Italy (EACPR)
  • Piotr Ponikowski, FESC, Poland (HFA)
  • Dimitrios Richter, FESC, Greece (CCP)
  • Marco Roffi, FESC, Switzerland
  • Evgeny Shlyakhto, FESC, Russia
  • Iain Simpson, FESC, UK
  • Miguel Sousa-Uva, Portugal (EACTS) (Surgeon)
  • Jose Luis Zamorano, FESC, Spain (past CPG Chairperson)
  • Veronica Dean, Head of Practice Guidelines Department, ESC, France

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2014-2016

Chairman

Jose Luis Zamorano, FESC, ESC Board

Members

  • V. Aboyans, FESC, France
  • S. Achenbach, FESC, Germany
  • S. Agewall, FESC, Norway (WG CV Pharmacotherapy)
  • L. Badimon, FESC, Spain
  • G. Baron Esquivias, FESC, Spain (CCP)
  • H. Baumgartner, FESC, Germany
  • J. J. Bax, FESC, Netherlands
  • H. Bueno, FESC, Spain (ACVC)
  • S. Carerj, FESC, Italy
  • C. Erol, FESC, Turkey
  • D. Fitzsimons, FESC, UK (CCNAP)
  • O. Gaemperli, Switzerland
  • P. Kirchhof, FESC, Germany/UK
  • P. Kolh, FESC, Belgium
  • P. Lancellotti, FESC, Belgium, (EACVI)
  • G. Lip, FESC, UK (EHRA)
  • P. Nihoyannopoulos, FESC, UK
  • M. Piepoli, FESC, Italy, (EACPR)
  • P. Ponikowski, FESC, Poland, (HFA)
  • M. Roffi, FESC, Switzerland
  • A. Torbicki, FESC, Poland
  • A. Vaz Carniero, Portugal
  • S. Windecker, FESC, Switzerland (EAPCI)
  • V. Dean, Head of Practice Guidelines Department, ESC
  • C. Despres, Scientific Research Analyst, ESC

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2012-2014

Chairman

Jose Luis Zamorano, FESC, ESC Board

Members

  • S. Achenbach, FESC, Germany
  • H. Baumgartner, FESC, Germany
  • J. J. Bax, FESC, Netherlands
  • H. Bueno, FESC, Spain (ACVC)
  • Christi Deaton, FESC, UK, (CCNAP)
  • C. Erol, FESC, Turkey
  • Robert  Fagard, FESC, Belgium
  • Roberto Ferrari, FESC, Italy
  • David Hasdai, FESC, Israel
  • Arno W. Hoes, FESC, The Netherlands  (CCPC)
  • P. Kirchhof, FESC, Germany/UK (EHRA)
  • Juhani Knuuti, FESC, Finland (Imaging)
  • P. Kolh, FESC, Belgium (EACTS)
  • P. Lancellotti, FESC, Belgium, (EACVI)
  • Ales Linhart, FESC, Czech Republic
  • P. Nihoyannopoulos, FESC, UK
  • M. Piepoli, FESC, Italy, (EACPR)
  • P. Ponikowski, FESC, Poland, (HFA)
  • Per Anton Sirnes, FESC, Norway (CCP)
  • Juan Luis Tamargo, FESC, Spain (Pharmacologist)
  • Michal Tendera, FESC, Poland
  • A. Torbicki, FESC, Poland
  • William Wijns, FESC, Belgium
  • S. Windecker, FESC, Switzerland (EAPCI)
  • V. Dean, Head of Practice Guidelines Department, ESC
  • C. Despres, Scientific Research Analyst, ESC 

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2010-2012

J. Bax, FESC, Chairman, Netherlands
H. Baumgartner, FESC, Germany
C. Ceconi, FESC, Italy
C. Deaton, FESC, UK (CCNAP)
R. Fagard, FESC, Belgium
C. Funck-Brentano, FESC, France
D. Hasdai, Israel (WG Acute Cardiac Care)
A. Hoes, Netherlands (CCPC)
P. Kirchhof, UK (EHRA)
J.  Knuuti, FESC, Finland (CCI)
P. Kolh, FESC, Belgium (EACTS)
T. McDonagh, FESC, UK (HFA)
B. Popescu, FESC, Romania (EAE)
Z. Reiner, FESC, Croatia (EACPR)
U. Sechtem, FESC, Germany
P. A. Sirnes, FESC, Norway (CCP)
M. Tendera, FESC, Poland 
A. Torbicki, FESC, Poland
A. Vahanian, FESC, France 
S. Windecker, FESC, Switzerland (EAPCI)

C. Moulin, Scientific Affairs Director, ESC
V. Dean, Head of Practice Guidelines Department, ESC
C. Despres, Scientific Research Analyst, ESC

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2008-2010

A. Vahanian, FESC, Chairman, France 
A. Auricchio, FESC, Switzerland (EHRA)
J. Bax, FESC, Netherlands
C. Ceconi, FESC, Italy
G. Filippatos, FESC, Greece
C. Funck-Brentano, FESC, France
R. Hobbs, FESC, UK
P. Kearney, FESC, Ireland
T. McDonagh, FESC, UK (HFA)
B. Popescu, FESC, Romania (EAE)
Z. Reiner, FESC, Croatia (EACPR)
U. Sechtem, FESc, Germany
P. A. Sirnes, FESC, Norway (CCP) 
M. Tendera, FESC, Poland
P. Vardas, FESC, Greece
P. Widimsky, FESC, Czech Republic (EAPCI)
 
K. McGregor, Scientific Director, ESC
V. Dean, Head of Practice Guidelines Department, ESC
C. Despres, Scientific Research Analyst, ESC

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2006-2008

A. Vahanian, FESC, Chairman, France 
A. John Camm, FESC, U.K. (EHRA)
R. de Caterina, FESC, Italy 
K. Dickstein, FESC, Norway (HFA)
G. Filippatos, FESC, Greece
C. Funck-Brentano, FESC, France
I. Hellemans, FESC, Netherlands (EACPR)
S. D. Kristensen, FESC, Denmark 
U. Sechtem, FESC, Germany 
S. Silber, FESC, Germany (CCP)
M. Tendera, FESC, Poland
P. Widimsky, FESC, Czech Republic (EAPCI)
J. L. Zamorano, FESC, Spain (EAE)

K. McGregor, Scientific Director ESC
V. Dean, Operations Manager ESC
C. Despres, Research Analyst ESC

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2004-2006

S. Priori, FESC, Chairperson, Italy 
J.J. Blanc, FESC, France 
A. Budaj, FESC, Poland 
A.J. Camm, FESC, United Kingdom 
J.W. Deckers, FESC, Netherlands
K. Dickstein, FESC, Norway
J. Lekakis, FESC, Greece 
M. Metra, FESC, Italy
J. Morais, FESC, Portugal
A. Osterspey, Germany
J. Tamargo, FESC, Spain
J. Zamorano, FESC, Spain

K. McGregor, Scientific Director ESC
V. Dean Operations Manager ESC 
C. Despres, Research Analyst ESC 

Committee for Practice Guidelines 2002-2004

S. Priori, FESC, Chairperson, Italy 
M. A. Alonso García, FESC, Spain 
J. J. Blanc, FESC, France 
A. Budaj, FESC, Poland 
M. Cowie, FESC, United Kingdom 
J. Deckers, FESC, Netherlands 
J. Lekakis, FESC, Greece 
B. Lindahl, FESC, Sweden 
E. Fernandez Burgos, Spain 
G. Mazzotta, FESC, Italy 
J. Morais, FESC, Portugal 
A. Oto, FESC, Turkey 
O. Smiseth, FESC, Norway

K. McGregor, Scientific Director ESC
V. Dean, Coordinator ESC 
D. Jumeau, Assistant ESC 
C.Despres, Research Analyst ESC 

Committee for Guidelines & Policy Conferences 2000-2002

W. Klein, Chairperson, Austria 
M. A. Alonso, FESC, Spain 
C. Blomström-Lundqvist, FESC, Sweden 
G. de Backer, FESC, Belgium 
M. Flather, United Kingdom 
J. Hradec, FESC, Czech Republic 
A. Oto, FESC, Turkey 
A. Parkhomenko, FESC, Ukraine 
S. Silber, FESC, Germany 
A. Torbicki, FESC, Poland

K. McGregor, Scientific Director ESC, France 
V. Dean, Co-ordinator ESC, France 
D. Jumeau, Assistant ESC, France