Show Summary Details
Page of

Laboratory accreditation 

Laboratory accreditation
Laboratory accreditation

Petros Nihoyannopoulos

and Luna Gargani

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 27 January 2022

Accreditation and certification of echocardiography laboratories is a crucial step to standardize and homogenize the practice of echocardiography and therefore, ultimately, to protect patients from undergoing cardiovascular imaging examination performed by unqualified people and/or in an inappropriate environment. The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) aims at setting up a European standard in laboratory practices and patient care. Following the success of the individual certification process, the EACVI launched Laboratory Accreditation in three different modules: transthoracic echocardiography, transoesophageal echocardiography, and stress echocardiography. For each module, two levels are available: the basic standard accreditation, aimed to fulfil mandatory requirements for an adequate clinical service, and the advanced standard accreditation, set to establish a smaller number of advanced laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, providing extensive teaching and research and covering all modules. The accreditation process is designed to uniformly raise standards of practice and equipment, and to be used as an educational tool to improve the overall quality of the laboratories, both from a clinical and scientific perspective.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.