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The ESGO accreditation in Advanced ovarian cancer surgery is an award attributed to institutions (both European and out of Europe), which can offer patients the specific skills, experience, organization, and dedication that are required to achieve optimal levels of surgical care.
The ESGO accreditation is based on the completion of 10 quality indicators and a scoring system that has been designed and internally validated by an International Expert Panel.
Centres interested in becoming accredited are required to:
Only centres that meet the above requirements can start the application process for ESGO accreditation by initiating the digital application via REDCap.
Please view the following documents to prepare your application.
Centres receiving ESGO accreditation will be entitled to:
Follow the below requirements and process:
Note that you will receive emails with active hyperlinks to the forms you will need to complete as part of your application. If your institution email server blocks such emails you should consider using an alternate email address, such as your personal email address, that will allow emails with active hyperlinks to come through.
Need further information? Contact the ESGO Administrative Office
There is a (re)accreditation administrative fee of 1.100 EUR due for the Advanced Ovarian cancer surgery (re)accreditation from applicant centres from High income countries and 500 EUR from centres from Low and Middle Income Countries. (Please consult the list of LMIC countries as of the World Bank).
However, if the same centre has already been accredited for Training or Endometrial Cancer surgery, the fee is as follows:
* Any of the following Centre (Re)Accreditations: Training, Ovarian or Endometrial Cancer Surgery
Besides, a formal acceptance and commitment to pay the travel expenses of the expert, a random full-day audit that might be necessary in exceptional cases.
Once your application is submitted via REDCap, it is forwarded to a jury of experts (3 members, rotating every 2 years) outside the country of the applicants institution.
As the maximum score is 40, centers meeting 80% (score 32) of the maximum score are proposed for certification to the ESGO Centre Accreditation and European Database Committee who make the final decision.
Accreditation is valid for 5 years, subject to renewal as a result of maintenance of the standards. Reminders are automatically sent from REDCap to prompt re-accreditation. It is therefore of utmost importance that your centre provides a valid email address in REDCap for correspondence.
In general, centers scoring less than 32 points will be rejected and can resubmit after a minimum of one year.
Some high volume and high quality accredited centres can in addition apply for the Centre of Excellence award.
The criteria defining a Centre of Excellence are:
The role of Centres of Excellence is to highlight the ESGO quality assurance program and to offer education aimed at improving quality in non accredited centres. Centres of Excellence should also offer complementary education to colleagues from lower volume certified centres, and also form the base for a European network of Centres of Excellence.
The founding Centres of Excellence are represented within the International Development Group. They also form the core of accreditation jury.
The award as Centre of Excellence will be delivered by the Centre Accreditation&European database Committee of ESGO.
Read the updated ESGO quality indicator publication.
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