EBAC has started CME accreditation in 2001, and has so far exclusively practiced activity accreditation.
EBAC, in agreement with its parent organisation ECSF, now has started to also offer provider accreditation to allow providers to establish a culture of learning, and develop their unique profile.
EBAC and AMA have decided to enter into an agreement on conversion of CME credit points.
Following mutual recognition of accreditation systems between EBAC and the Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME) in 2015, EBAC has already started to offer to ACCME accredited providers to convert CME credits for European participants in American CME activities.
The decision of the AMA now makes this process reciprocal, and constitutes a cornerstone in making substantial equivalency between accreditation systems relevant to learners.
The presentations of CCC18 are now available online:
The CCC18 dealt with “What our data tells us: about value, providers, activities, and learners” and has gathered accreditors as well as providers from all over the globe to discuss
- Why accreditation of CME matters to regulators, featuring presentations from Canada, the US, and CPME (Comité Permanent des Médecins Européens) describing the complex scenario in Europe
- How different accreditation systems have been established (provider/activity/hybrid accreditation), what they have achieved, and which challenges they are facing; incl. presentations from Germany, Austria, European Specialty Accreditation Boards, the US, and Canada
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.