Hospital Visiting and Training Accreditation Programme

About the HVTAP

The Hospital Visiting and Training Accreditation Programme (HVTAP) is offered on a voluntary basis to the academic departments of anaesthesia which apply for teaching accreditation in accordance with European training guidelines.

Each application is sent by the Head of a Department or Institute to the ESA Secretariat and reviewed by the HVTAP Joint Committee who will determine whether an accreditation or re-accreditation is applicable.

A questionnaire outlining the structure of the hospital, the composition of the staff and the organisation of teaching and training is then completed by the applicant and submitted together with supporting documents to the ESA Secretariat. The questionnaires that each trainee of the applying department send individually to the ESA office constitute another important source of information for the visitors and reviewers (see the visit flowchart).

Why should your department apply for HVTAP accreditation?


  • The detailed HVTAP report gives recommendations on how to possibly improve the training of the residents, which can benefit both the personnel and the patients

  • HVTAP accreditation is given jointly by the UEMS and by the ESA, giving a maximum of visibility and credibility to the accredited departments

  • All accredited departments are listed on the ESA website

  • A representative of each accredited department is invited to receive the official HVTAP certificate from the hands of the HVTAP Committee Chairperson during the Awards Ceremony of the Euroanaesthesia congress

  • A free Euroanaesthesia registration will be granted to each accredited department

  • Each accredited department is automatically invited to consider organising the On-Line Assessment

  • Each accredited department is automatically invited to consider joining the CEEA network

  • Each accredited department is invited to consider hosting the EDAIC Part I examination provided that there is no nearby EDAIC Part I centre; additionally, the accredited department is exempted from the formal application to run the EDAIC Part I (opening an EDAIC Part I centre always requires the express approval of the Examinations Committee).