Obesity is recognised as a global epidemic and the most prevalent metabolic disease world-wide. However, specialised obesity services are not widely available in Europe and obesity care can therefore vary enormously across European regions. In response to this situation, EASO has developed a network of accredited specialised obesity centres, where the quality and efficacy of the care offered to patients are of the highest standards. Under the EASO Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management (COM) scheme, centres will be accredited in accordance with accepted European and academic guidelines. Our aim is to provide physicians, health-care policy makers and health-care providers with authoritative criteria for the development of Obesity Management Centres across Europe, recognized by national health authorities. Accreditation will be granted for a three year period, after which time re-assessment will be undertaken.
For further information, please refer to the EASO COM Criteria Paper(Obes Facts 2011;4:329-333)
The EASO COM network will include university, public and private clinics. Each centre must comply with clearly defined requirements and work in close collaboration for the better management of all obese patients. Each accredited centre must ensure that the obese and overweight patient is managed by a holistic team of specialists and will receive comprehensive state-of-the-art clinical care. Furthermore, the participating centres, under the umbrella of EASO, will work closely for quality control, data collection and analysis, as well as education and research for the advancement of obesity care and obesity science.
Each centre will be expected to:
Each member centre will be accredited, for a three year period, as having met comprehensive criteria as set out by EASO and according to recognised European management guidelines and will therefore be recognised as a leading obesity management centre in Europe. Accredited centres will have the opportunity to:
All interested centres should complete theEASO COM Application Formwhich will be assessed by the EASO OMTF (Obesity Management Task Force). Thereafter, feedback will be given and where necessary assessment site visits will be conducted. No application fee will be charged. However, for those centres that require an assessment site visit, the applicant centre will be expected to cover the travel and accommodation costs of a maximum of two EASO OMTF members. Applications will be evaluated twice per year. The deadline for the next phase of applications will be announced shortly.
Interested parties should contact the EASO Secretariat at[emailprotected].
View all centres awarded EASO COM status
Note: The EASO COMsform anetwork of European obesity management centresthat unite toexchangeexpertise and experience. Each EASO COM is assessed for membership based on the criteria set out above and each is a separate and independent legal entity. Neither EASO nor any individual COM member is responsible for the services or activities of any other member.EASO does not necessarily endorse projects and actions undertaken by individual COMs members outwith the COMs setting.
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EASO Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management (COMs)