Terms and Conditions

Departmental accreditation process terms and conditions

The British Society of Echocardiography ("BSE") is offering any Echocardiography Department in the UK ("Department") the opportunity to apply for accreditation in accordance with these guidelines ("Applicant"). The BSE grants such accreditation on a purely voluntary basis ("Accreditation"). There may be other Departments which have not sought Accreditation but which offer an excellent echocardiography service. The decision of the BSE to grant accreditation to a Department is only an indication of the BSE's opinion of the standard of that Department. The BSE does not intend the outcome of the Departmental Accreditation process to be relied upon by any person under any circumstance. This shall include, but not be limited to, any Department, any individual medical practitioner, including GPs, any patient, referring health authority and any member of the public. The Accreditation shall be based on sufficient information being provided to the BSE by Applicants in using the online application process in conjunction with an inspection of a Department.

The BSE cannot guarantee, or be liable in respect of, the quality, efficacy or performance of an Applicant and/or Department either prior to Accreditation or otherwise.

Accreditation of an Applicant or Department shall be determined by all relevant information provided by such Applicant or Department and it is the responsibility of that Applicant or Department to ensure that such information is accurate and up-to-date. The BSE shall not be liable in respect of any decisions made based on such information received.

The BSE has the right to suspend a Department's accredited status under the following circumstances:

  • If it has reason to believe that that the safety of the public, or the public interest is seriously endangered. The BSE may suspend a Department while it decides whether or not to withdraw approval, where it has decided to withdraw approval but before the decision takes effect, or while any appeal is pending
  • If it believes that its reputation is being damaged or likely to be damaged in any way whatsoever as a result of Accreditation of a Department
  • If a Department or any member of such Department is subject to any investigation, formal or otherwiseIf it does not reasonably consider a Department to be worthy of Accreditation, for any reason whatsoever

The BSE may remove a Department's accredited status in the following circumstances:

  • If it has reason to believe that that the safety of the public, or the public interest is seriously endangered
  • If it believes that its reputation is being damaged or likely to be damaged in any way whatsoever as a result of Accreditation of a Department
  • If a Department or any member of such Department is subject to any investigation, formal or otherwise
  • If it does not reasonably consider a department to be worthy of Accreditation, for any reason whatsoever

A department whose Accreditation has been suspended or removed may appeal the decision, following the procedure laid down in section 8 of the departmental accreditation document.

The BSE may inspect an Accredited Department at any time during the period of Accreditation following reasonable notice.

Data protection

The BSE shall comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 ("DPA") and, to the extent that it is a Data Processor (which has the meaning given to it under the DPA), it shall put in place:

Appropriate technical and organisational measures against the processing of Personal Data (which has the meaning given to it under the DPA) and against unauthorised, accidental or unlawful access to the Personal Data (having regard to the state of technological development and the costs of implementing any such measures) as well as reasonable security programmes and procedures for the purpose of ensuring that only authorised personnel have access to the Personal Data processing equipment and that any persons whom it authorises to have access to the Personal Data shall respect and maintain due confidentiality;

A level of security programmes and procedures which reflect: the level of damage which may be suffered by a Data Subject (which has the meaning given to it under the DPA) to whom the Personal Data relates as a result of unauthorised or unlawful possession of the Personal Data; and the state of technological development and the costs of implementing such procedures and programmes; and

As required by the DPA, such security programmes and procedures which specifically address the nature of any Sensitive Personal Data (which has the meaning given to it under the DPA).

The Applicant acknowledges that it shall comply with the relevant data protection statement as set out in the online application process form 1.

 

Departmental accreditation website terms and conditions

By accessing this website you agree to these terms and conditions (the"Terms"). If you do not agree to them you may not use this website and should leave it immediately.

You must agree not to impersonate any other person or department or to use a false name or a name that you.

The checklist is a focussed indicator of suitability for departmental accreditation in a few representative areas. Fulfilling the checklist requirements does not does not guarantee that a department will be eligible for accreditation. A successful checklist report is not equivalent to BSE departmental accreditation are not authorised to use.

By using this site you agree to comply with, and be bound by, these Terms.

We may from time to time change these Terms at our sole discretion. By using this Website after any such change(s), you agree to comply with, and be bound by, the Terms as changed.

Limited Licence

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The limited licence set forth in this section does not include the right to:
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General

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