The European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion was founded in 1991 to unite European perfusionists in their desire for equality of standards in both training and professional status.
For this purpose, a democratic Organization with representatives from the perfusion societies of all European countries which, at that time were members of the European Community (EC) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) was initiated.
Supporting organizations of the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion include the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Anesthesiologists and Intensive Care (EACTAIC) and the European branch of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (EuroELSO).
The European Board meets twice a year in order to discuss and define the rules to reach the objectives set above.
Officially, the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion is represented by the chairman, the general secretary, and the treasurer.
In addition, there is a certification committee, an accreditation committee and a scientific committee.
The certification committee is in charge of matters regarding the certification of the individual perfusionist; the accreditation committee leads in matters regarding accreditation of perfusion schools and training centres whereas the scientific committee takes care of all scientific initiatives of the organization.
Several important steps have been accomplished since the foundation of the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. A number of documents have been produced, including Essentials and Guidelines, an Examination Guide, Sample Questions for examination candidates, etc. The full text of these documents can be obtained from the general secretary.
Written examinations from the European Certificate in Cardiovascular Perfusion have been organized under the auspices of the Board, with significant participation throughout Europe. These written examinations have to be completed by additional oral and practical examinations for those candidates who have successfully passed the written examinations.
In 1996 the first written exams where given. Until then it was possible to obtain the certificate by a Grandperson clause for perfusionist who had performed solely a minimum of 100 clinical perfusions in Europe, and had been practicing clinical perfusion for at least 2 years.