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The applications are reviewed first by the Accreditation Review Committee and finally by the Scientific Board, a body of experienced bariatric surgeons, most of whom are ex Presidents and also members of the Executive Board of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). 

The main advantages are as follows:

  1. Ensure patient safety.
  2. Improve the quality of the services offered by both Institutions and Surgeons to the severely obese patients and thereby ensure highly efficient and safe patient treatment.
  3. Advise existing bariatric institutions to upgrade their status to level of excellence (Centre of  Excellence Bariatric Institution - COEBI), thus optimising patient outcomes. The aim of establishing IFSO-EC Centres of Excellence is to further improve the quality of comprehensive bariatric management, with increased emphasis on safe, efficient and effective patient care.
  4. A central database that will guide our decisions and respond to challenges by our colleagues, insurance carriers, health care providers, governments and the public.
  5. An invaluable resource for research.

IFSO-EC is the European Chapter of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Discorders. EAC-BS is the Accreditation Council which handles the procedure of accrediting surgeons and institutions in Europe, Africa, Middle East.

EAC-BS accepts applications from any surgeon and institution practising in Europe, Africa, and Middle East provided that they fulfil the requirements as described in the IFSO Guidelines for Safety, Quality and Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.

1.   Ensure that surgeons performing bariatric surgery have the appropriate certification, training and experience.
2.   Provide ancillary services such as specialized nursing care, dietary instruction, counselling and psychological assistance if and when needed.
3.   Have readily available consultants in cardiology, pulmonology, psychiatry and rehabilitation with previous experience in treating bariatric surgery patients.
4.   Have trained anaesthesiologists with experience in treating bariatric surgery patients.
5.   Ensure that a recovery room capable of providing critical care to morbidly obese patients and an intensive care unit with similar capacity are available.
6.   Ensure that radiology department facilities can perform emergency chest x-rays with portable machinery, abdominal ultrasonography and upper GI series.
7.   Ensure that blood tests can be performed on a 24-hour basis.
8.   Ensure that blood bank facilities are available and blood transfusion can be carried out at any time.
9.   Have comprehensive and full in-house consultative services required for the care of the bariatric surgical patients, including critical care services.

10. Have the complete line of necessary equipment, instruments, items of furniture, wheel chairs, operating room tables, beds, radiology facilities such as CT scan, lifts and other facilities specially designed and suitable for morbidly and super obese patients.
11. Have a written informed consent process that informs each patient of the surgical procedure, the risk for complications and mortality rate, alternative treatments, the  possibility of failure to lose weight and his/her right to refuse treatment.
12. Maintain details of the treatment and outcome of each patient in a digital database.
13. Have experienced interventional radiologists available to take over the non- surgical management of possible anastomotic leaks and strictures.
14. Performs at least 50 bariatric surgical cases per year including revisional cases. The peri- operative care and the surgical procedures have to be standardized for each surgeon.
15. Provides life-time follow-up for the majority and not less than 75% of all bariatric surgical patients. Patients’ data should be available on request by EAC-BS authorities.

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