Personal accreditation

Personal accreditation with the British Society of Echocardiography involves a written and practical exam, a collection of full studies and a logbook of cases. Accreditation is recognised throughout the UK and Europe.

COVID-19 impact on accreditation and reaccreditation

The COVID-19 pandemic is already putting unprecedented strain on echo services and the British Society of Echocardiography understands the effect this will have on logbook collection. We also recognise that some members due to re-accredit in June have missed the opportunity to collect their final points due to the cancellation of key educational events. 

To help support candidates and members at this stressful time, the Society has established the following policies to cover logbook submissions and re-accreditation. 

  • All log-books and re-accreditations will be given 12 months automatic extension and up to 10 points reduction in their reaccreditation BSE points requirements for the five year cycle.
  • We also recognise that this is a difficult time for departments to change their normal reference values: we will therefore extend the point of changeover by six months from October 2020 to March 2021.
  • If anyone requires an extension beyond the above please apply through the normal extension process.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, candidates who were to sit the practical assessment on Sunday 22 March 2020 will not be given an automatic extension. 

Types of accreditation

Paediatric accreditation

Members who wish to attain accreditation in paediatric echocardiography can undertake the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) paediatric CHD certification process.

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Mutual recognition

As part of our commitment to providing continuing professional education across the field of echocardiography, we have a mutual recognition arrangement in place with the EACVI.

This reciprocal agreement means that candidates who hold BSE accreditation only need to pass the EACVI written exam in order to obtain EACVI certification. Similarly, individuals holding EACVI certification need only submit a log book and viva cases at a practical assessment to achieve BSE accreditation. Please select one of the accreditations above to study the practical submission requirements.

Full fees are applicable in both cases.