News for National Cardiac Societies


COVID-19 News

Guidance on regulatory requirements in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
The European Medicines Agency has developed a Q&A document providing guidance to stakeholders on adaptations to the regulatory framework to address challenges arising from the  COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on crucial medicines for use in COVID-19 patients.

WHO guidance on how to exit lockdown gradually
The World Health Organization has published guidelines offering advice to governments on how to plan their exit strategies while minimising the risk of a resurgence of COVID-19 infections.

Answers to COVID-19 questions for heart failure patients in ten languages
Developed by the Heart Failure Association, recently released a helpful COVID-19 and Heart Failure: Information and Practical Tips for Patients. It answers many of the questions your heart failure patients may have right now.

Put COVID-19 resources on your website  
Please upload a banner with the link to the COVID-19 page to tell your members about the resources designed just for them. Find the banner in Box

An ESC-U Cardiology Education Resource for Universities
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, most universities and medical schools are closed. As announced in the letter sent to all National Cardiac Society Presidents on 14 April 2020, the ESC has developed an online cardiology course, ESC-U (Cardiology Education for Universities), for those already enrolled in a cardiology programme with a university or medical school, in your country.

To promote enrollment in the online programme, kindly circulate this information to the deans of the universities and medical schools in your country.


ESC News

Membership fees invoicing and last call for membership lists
Due to the difficulties encountered by all National Cardiac Societies, the ESC has extended the deadline for payment of the membership fees from 30 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.

Thanks to all of you who sent us your membership lists. As the deadline was 28 February, for those who haven't submitted their list yet, please post it in your dedicated section on Box as soon as possible.

It is important that we receive an accurate list of your society’s paying members, so that we can recognise them as ESC Members. This allows us to give them access to valuable benefits including:

  • ESC Pocket Guidelines
  • Savings on ESC journals
  • Savings on ESC books
  • ESC webinars on recent ESC Guidelines (live events and on-demand)
  • ESC Clinical Case Gallery
  • Online courses on ESCeL General Cardiology (25% discount)
  • ESC Member Directory

Women Transforming Leadership Programme
Achieve your full potential: the ESC is offering eight grants for ESC members to attend the Women Transforming Leadership Programme in early October at the University of Oxford, UK.
Application deadline: 17 May. Share with your members. Learn more

ESC Congress News

Submit your Late-Breaking Science by 21 May
Sharing of science – especially the latest cardiovascular science – has become ever more important. With a deadline of 21 May, there is still time to submit your own late-breaking science, including results of clinical trials related to COVID-19.
Please share the link.

ESC Subspecialty News

NEW - Essentials 4 You
To help you and your members stay up to date on the very latest science, we are now providing comprehensive collections of valuable and carefully selected resources in the following fields:

Content is currently available for free with a My ESC account

EuroPCR 2020 is cancelled

It was officially announced yesterday that EuroPCR 2020, the official congress of the ESC’s European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI), is cancelled. Read the Q&A is now available in nine languages
Better designed and more user-friendly, the new website helps patients understand atrial fibrillation: the signs, symptoms and treatments. You can now access the information in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Swedish and Polish. Dutch and Chinese are coming soon! Share it with your patients.

Call for applications for joint sessions

Sessions programmed jointly between EHRA and EP National Cardiac Societies, Associations or Working Groups are regularly organised throughout the year. Apply by 1 June.

National Cardiac Society News

Upcoming events  
  • 22-24 April: Annual Spring meeting of the Finnish Cardiac Society – Tampere, Finland – CANCELLED
  • 25-07 April: Annual Congress of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology – Vilamoura, Portugal POSTPONED to 7-9 November
  • 30 April – 2 May: Danish Society of Cardiology, Annual National Congress 2020 - Nyborg, Denmark – CANCELLED
  • 07-10 May:  Annual Congress of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology POSTPONED to 11-14 November
  • 13-14 Mai:  The 67th Israel Heart Society Annual conference POSTPONED to 19- 20 October 2020
  • 15-16 May:  Annual Conference of the Association of Cardiologists of Uzbekistan - POSTPONED New dates to be confirmed
  • 17-20 May:  XXVIII Annual Congress of the Czech Society of Cardiology – POSTPONED to 13-16 September.

Upcoming deadlines

  • 15 May - COVID-19 cases submission
  • 17 May - Women Transforming Leadership applications
  • 21 May - Late-Breaking Science submissions
  • 25 May - First Contact Initiative grant