International Centers of Excellence

Note: The ACC’s Global Quality Programs, including the International Centers of Excellence, are currently being redesigned. This page will be updated with information on the ACC’s new global quality program offerings at the end of 2018. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to partnering with you on the ACC’s quality improvement initiatives.

The ACC International Centers of Excellence (ICOE) recognizes institutions outside of the United States for their commitment to high standards of medical practice and dedication to providing quality cardiovascular care.

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Qualification Criteria

Institutions are evaluated on the basis of three criteria: Clinical Outcomes, Education, and Infrastructure.*

Clinical Outcomes Criteria

  • At least one NCDR registry in place
  • Outcomes data meets registry-specific quality metrics
  • Adherence to guidelines

Education/Lifelong Learning Cariteria

  • 25 hours of CME by cardiovascular physicians
  • CME by cardiovascular nursing staff
  • Abstract submission to ACC Scientific Session
  • Participation in and/or conduct of research

Infrastructure Criteria

  • Certification by an internationally or nationally recognized accreditation organization
  • FACC primary liaison
  • Use of an EMR
  • Patient discharge process in place
  • Multidisciplinary cardiovascular care team on staff

*Criteria are subject to change pending feedback.


As an ACC International Center of Excellence your institution will receive the following benefits.

Participation in an ACC Registry of Your Choice, Which Includes:

  • Comprehensive technical support
  • Quarterly benchmark reports showing your hospital data as compared to the US aggregate
  • Access to our online data collection tool and other 'members-only' resource content
  • Access to our clinical quality consultants for ongoing support via email and phone
  • Quarterly conference calls and/or webinars with your team as needed
  • Complimentary registration to the NCDR Annual User Group meeting held prior to the ACC Scientific Session
  • Opportunity to participate in NCDR sponsored research

Participation in Invitation-Only International User Group Meetings

  • Access to ACC Education Resources
  • Four complimentary registrations to ACC conferences
  • CardioSourcePlus provides your entire institution (fellows, cardiologists, and other health care professionals) unlimited access to the ACC online educational resources listed below:
    • ACCSAP 8
    • Arrhythmia SAP
    • ACC's Maintenance of Certification Modules 1 – 13 in General Cardiology
    • ACC's Maintenance of Certification Modules 1 – 8 in Interventional Cardiology
    • ACC's Maintenance of Certification Module 1 in Electrophysiology
    • Best of ACC Annual Scientific Session
    • CathSAP 4
    • CCT-SAP 2
    • EchoSAP 7
    • Heart Failure SAP
    • Heart Valve SAP
    • Heart Songs for Institutions
    • 2012 Cardiovascular Board Review Online Meeting on Demand Program
    • 2012 Interventional Cardiology Board Review Online Meeting on Demand Program
    • 2013 Recent Advances in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT Meeting on Demand™ Program
    • Type 2 Diabetes & CV Disease SAP
    • Vascular Medicine SAP

ACC Membership for Your Cardiovascular Staff

  • ACC International Associate Membership
  • Cardiovascular Care Associate Membership


  • Use of designated ACC Center of Excellence logo (two years)
  • ACC recognition as a Center of Excellence in multiple international communications
  • Recognition by your peers

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