CME-Accreditation for all educational events in cardiovascular diseasesThe European Board of Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) was founded in 2000 primarily as a joint venture between the UEMS-CS and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in Brussels under the ESC Presidents Lars Ryden and Maarten Simoons and the UEMS-CS President Heinz Weber. EBAC will stimulate, coordinate and facilitate high quality CME/CPD in cardiovascular medicine, both for individuals and institutions, in order to provide the highest possible standard of care for patients and populations. EBAC awards CME points as a sign of quality and independence for participation in CME/CPD activities. Definitions of learning objectives, targeting the audience, and assuring objectively presented scientific content are among the key features that will be considered by EBAC when accrediting a programme. EBAC works in accordance to the European Accreditation Council in CME (UEMS-EACCME, http://www.eaccme.eu/). EACCME is responsible for all specialities and accredits only on a formal way, without any influence on the scientific CME-content on a National basis. EBAC is only responsible for the evaluation and accreditation of CME-programs, including international events, congresses, publications, digital programs etc. and uses a two-step approach: The formalistic approach, where the EBAC criteria will be evaluated and a scientific part, where 2 to 3 independent but trained Cardiologists will act as evaluators of the content and decide about the EBAC criteria.
Due to the fact that the accreditor and the provider of any CME event should be completely independent the joint venture was disbanded in 2010 and the present structure established. Now EBAC became part of the legal entity ECSF of the UEMS-CS independent from the ESC.