This is a kind reminder of the next EBAC Meeting with Providers and Sponsors, to be held on June 6, 2019, 11 am, at Sheraton Airport Hotel, Frankfurt (DE). On the following day (June 7th, 2019, 10am- 4pm) EBAC is going to organise the 1st EBAC Provider Training. This meeting aims to convene all providers who already have agreed or are interested to become an accredited provider, and will address the concept as well as practical issues of provider accreditation.
This is to invite you to the next
EBAC Meeting with Providers and Sponsors
June 6th, 2019, 11am-4pm
Sheraton Airport Hotel
Tentative tops on the agenda might be
- accreditation of micro-e-learning
- accreditation of inter-professional education
- provider accreditation
- EBAC initiative “Certification of Professional Competence”
1. Persons and positions:
As of July 1st, 2018 Prof. Jörg Stein, MD (AT) has succeeded Prof. Reinhard Griebenow, MD as Chair of the EBAC Advisory and Reviewing Committee. In its meeting on Dec. 14, 2018 the ECSF Foundation Council has appointed Henrik Herrmann, MD (Chamber of Physicians Schleswig-Holstein, DE) as member of ECSF Board, and Craig Campbell, MD (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) as member of ECSF Foundation Council.
2. Harmonisation of CME-CPD Accreditation:
In 2018 EBAC has contributed to harmonisation of CME-CPD accreditation by several activities:
On Sept. 13-14, 2018, the Cologne Consensus Conference 2018 was held in Ottawa, Canada, hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
This year’s theme “What do our data tells us about value, providers, activities and learners in accredited CPD” attracted about 60 participants representing accreditation bodies, regulators, providers, and other stakeholders interested in evidence based CME- CPD accreditation.
In 2015 EBAC and the US Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME) have reached an agreement on
mutual recognition of accreditation systems. This has paved the way, that currently European
participants in ACC live events (ACC Congress, New York Cardiovascular Summit) may directly
claim EBAC certificates, avoiding additional bureaucratic conversion procedures in their home
This cooperation has now been expanded to include CME articles issued in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).
As of July 1st, 2018, Prof. Joerg Stein (AT) has been appointed new chair of EBAC ARC by the ECSF Council.
Joerg Stein is a former Head, Department III of Paediatrics (Cardiology, Pneumology, Allergology, Cystic Fibrosis) at Innsbruck University Hospital, and joined EBAC as a reviewer in 2008, nominated by the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC).
The European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) supports “the aim of continuing medical education/continuing professional development (CME/CPD) to maintain and update medical competence in cardiovascular medicine. This includes
- interdisciplinary and inter-professional CME – training in social and communication skills
- methodological tools like evidence based medicine, quality assurance, total quality management etc.
The individual physician is free to choose the type and content of CME/CPD, which he/she considers as appropriate to meet his/her needs.” (from: EBAC Policy Statement and Accreditation Rules)
With this regard EBAC has considered a wide range of learning formats as suitable for accreditation. In live educational activities it has for a long time been accepted, that each contribution may not last 60 minutes (the lower limit to be awarded one full CME point) as long as the whole event lasts at least one hour.
E-Learning material, through unlimited access and flexibility of use, has enhanced meeting individual needs in CME by providing not only well established learning formats online, but even problem oriented “point of care”- information to support clinical decision-making in the individual patient. EBAC thus considers so-called “micro-e-learning” a valuable adjunct to more comprehensive learning formats.
The European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) is honoured to announce that the International Association of Medical Regulators Authorities (IAMRA) has approved EBAC as new partner member.
The International Academy for CPD Accreditation represents a “network of colleagues, dedicated to promoting and enhancing continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation systems throughout the world. The Academy is devoted to assisting and supporting the development, implementation and evolution of CPD and continuing medical education (CME) accreditation systems. Established in 2013, the Academy serves as a platform that facilitates peer-to-peer support for leaders of CPD/CME accreditation systems and encourages networking, mentoring and interactions about common issues”
Following its mission the International Academy has recently authored a “Consensus Statement on Independence and Funding of CME/CPD”, which aims to describe a global consensus of all organisations involved in accreditation of CME/CPD. This document has been adopted in the International Academy meeting on Nov. 8th, 2017, in Dublin (IRL) (see attachment), and has so far been endorsed by major international as well as national accreditors. It is considered valid for three years, and will then be revised.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank you for all cooperation and support of the work of EBAC in the outgoing year 2017. We look forward to continue in 2018 to serve our colleagues in their effort to improve patient outcome.
EBAC wishes you an enjoyable festive season and all the best for a happy and peaceful New Year!
With best whishes,
Robert Schäfer, MD
Originating from an informal cooperation of European accreditation bodies over the past few years a new association has recently been constituted: Continuing Medical Education- European Accreditors (CME-EA), a non- profit association of independent accreditors on the European international level. The new association is at the same time open to organisations or individuals involved in CME accreditation, not only on the European international, but also on the national level.