Collecting and reporting CME credits
In countries which have CME system in place, physicians are obliged to report their participation in CME activities. For this purpose CME Certificates are issued at the end of all accredited CME programmes (events and e-learning programmes). The number of credits will depend on the time the doctor spent in the CME activity.
These certificates should then be presented to the respective national CME Authority. The number of CME credits required per year can vary from country to country.
It is always the organizer of the event who is responsible for distributing the EBAC certifcates to particpants, based on their effective participation to the programme.
For large events, there is usually a CME desk where participants can obtain their EBAC certificates. For smaller events the certificates are often distributed at the end of the session when participants return their evaluation forms. For all e-learning programmes, the EBAC certificate is sent to the participant upon successful completion of a Multiple Choice Questionnaire assessing the knowledge acquired during of the CME session.
Recognition of EBAC CME points
Although EBAC certificates are endorsed by a great number of national societies, cardiologists have been frequently facing bureaucratic obstacles when applying for recognition of EBAC CME points in their home countries.
For German, Austrian, Swiss and Estonian cardiologists this procedure has now been largely simplified:
1/ EBAC has signed an agreement that with a starting point of the ESC Congress 2011 EBAC certificates will show the technical data needed to enter the certificate directly into the nationwide data bank for CME activities in Germany. Cardiologists in Germany now only need to put their personalized barcode on the certificate in order to get their EBAC CME points recognized for their personal CME certificate, which is mandatory by law in Germany.
2/ For Austria the Österreichische Akademie der Ärzte has provided EBAC with a statement to be printed on the certificates that EBAC accredited events will automatically be recognized in Austria.
3/ For Switzerland EBAC CME points are valid for FMH Fortbildungsprogramm Kardiologie according to Voraussetzungskatalog, IA.
4/ For Estonia EBAC points will be recognized automatically by the Estonian Society of Cardiology on behalf of Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.
This is a major step forward towards automatized recognition of EBAC CME points on the national level and adds additional value to the CME activities of cardiologists visiting EBAC accredited events.
Furthermore, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) have recognized each other’s accreditation systems as substantially equivalent.
EBAC accreditation is not competitive but rather subsidiary to national accreditation systems, targeting the participants from foreign countries. Therefore, in parallel to EBAC accreditation, national accreditation as to be applied for – for the participants of the country where the event takes place.
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