European Training Centres in Angiology/Vascular Medicine.
The project combines the experience which was already widespread during the early years of coordinating European activities as the European Working Group in MA (during which Teaching Centres were selected according to published criteria) with UEMS guidelines on the definition of Training Centres recognised at European level.
During their Board Meetings, VAS and the UEMS Division of A/VM in December 2011 and 2012 have agreed on the process that will regulate the Validation, Certification and Accreditation of individual European Training Centres.
The characteristics of European Training Centres were also approved complying with European characteristics and training programmes for Angiology/Vascular Medicine. In this sense it is possible and desirable that Centre applying for Accreditation receives an indication to cooperate with smaller Angiology/Vascular Medicine Centres or with Centres/Units of other Specialties (of course consistent with the purposes and the training curriculum) to expand the training offer.
The details of the features and criteria which a European Training Centre appear in the document (approved December 2013)
Who Can Apply?
Where a National Accreditation exists, National Scientific Societies should cooperate sending the list of the Centres.
The single Centres, through the Director, can forward the Application.
Any communication/Application should be sent directly to UEMS Headquarters (also from this site clicking on Contacts).
Which are the first steps to take towards Certification and then Accreditation?
Centres applying for Accreditation will submit the file to the Board of the UEMS Division of Angiology/Vascular Medicine (Contacts).
VAS, acting in the name of the UEMS Division of Angiology/Vascular Medicine, will Validate the fulfilment of criteria (see Document Criteria). Centres applying for Accreditation could receive, during the Validation process, indication to cooperate with smaller Angiology/Vascular Medicine Centres or Centres with other Specialist structures (consistent with the purpose and the training curriculum) to expand the training offer. The Validation process that leads to Accreditation does not represent in any way an evaluation on the quality of the Centre, but follows criteria of harmonisation and qualification process at European level as described above. Where National Accreditation exists, National Scientific Societies could cooperate by sending the list of the Centres operating in their territory (see Chapter 6).
In the next step, the Validated file will be submitted for final Accreditation to the Board of the UEMS Division of Angiology/Vascular Medicine.