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).
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.
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.