Departmental accreditation is valid for five years. After this point you will need to apply for re-accreditation to maintain your status as an accredited department.
COVID-19 Extension policy: departments due for accreditation this year will be given a six-month extension to complete the re-accreditation process.
During the initial five years of accreditation
Please notify us immediately of any significant changes within your department during the accreditation period, such as the appointment of a new scientist lead or the department moving to new premises, by emailing [email protected].
Five years after accreditation
After five years, the re-accreditation process primarily involves checking that there have been no significant changes to staff, equipment or the department's infrastructure or processes, and that the information we hold remains accurate.
We will also seek to confirm that you have addressed any areas of concern highlighted during the accreditation process, and/or anything that was stated as a condition to accreditation being awarded.
Your department will be notified by email six months before your re-accreditation date. You will need to check that the information we hold about the department is still correct and pay the £500 re-accreditation fee.
We may ask you to provide more information during the re-accreditation process, perhaps by uploading photographs or documents, or by providing information in an informal telephone interview.
We will email the result of your application for re-accreditation to the department leads.
If there are no changes to the number of accreditations you are applying for (transthoracic, transoesophageal, stress, training and/or emergency echo) at five years we will not usually need to perform a site visit. However if essential information cannot be provided electronically or by telephone a BSE inspector will need to visit the department.
If your department chooses to add one or more additional types of accreditation (transoesophageal, stress, training and/or emergency) the inspection team may need to make a site visit. There will be no additional fee charged for this above the £500 re-accreditation fee.
Certificates at five years
A new certificate will be issued to all successfully re-accredited departments, reflecting any changes to the types of accreditation. The certificate will be dated to expire ten years from your department's initial accreditation.
Loss of accreditation at five years
If your department does not reach the required criteria for transthoracic and training accreditation at five years all other accreditations will also expire, as transthoracic and training accreditation are a mandatory requirement for accreditation in transoesophageal, stress and emergency.
Expiry of accreditation
If your department does not apply for re-accreditation at five years, or if you no longer meet the transthoracic and training accreditation requirements, your accreditation will expire five years from the original accreditation date. You will no longer be eligible to display the departmental accreditation certificate or use the departmental accreditation logo.
Ten years after accreditation
At ten years, re-accreditation will require a full re-assessment as there are likely to have been major changes in this time, both within the department (such as changes to staff and equipment) and in the practice of echocardiography. A new application and site visit will be required at this point, and a £500 fee will be applicable.
Your scientist and medical leads will be notified by email six months before the accreditation expires and advised to make a new application. It is likely to take several weeks to complete the full re-accreditation process, so it's advisable to start an application as early as possible.
If your application and payment have been received by the department's ten year anniversary, your accreditation status will be maintained pending the outcome of the process.
We will arrange a site visit and provide you with a full report, as in the initial departmental accreditation process.
Re-accreditation eligibility check