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HFSA Meeting Endorsement Guidelines

HFSA offers endorsement to educational programs and meetings with a substantial focus on heart failure that meet specific criteria as outlined in the endorsement guidelines.

HFSA CME Endorsement Guidelines (Domestic Programs)

A copy of the HFSA CME Endorsement Guidelines (Domestic Programs) and application can be downloaded here.

Endorsement Requirements

For educational programs to be considered for HFSA endorsement, CME activities must have the following:

  1. A substantial focus on heart failure
  2. Sponsorship by an ACCME-accredited provider
  3. A chair/co-chair (preferred) or member of the planning committee who is an HFSA member
  4. An endorsement fee of $250 (charge will only be made to approved programs.

Applications generally come from academic or healthcare institutions.  However, applications from for-profit or non-profit companies will be considered.

HFSA is committed to fostering programs reflecting gender equality, diversity (including by nationality, age and other socio-cultural differences) and inclusion. Ideal HFSA Endorsed Courses will share the same principles.

HFSA reserves the right to refuse or reject endorsement requests that it deems to be inconsistent with its mission or that conflicts in some other way with its interests.  HFSA will not consider endorsement of a program with dates that directly compete with scheduled HFSA developed and supported programs. Please refer to the HFSA website https://hfsa.org/events for a listing of current programs.

Questions?

For additional information about the endorsement guidelines or process, please contact Cynthia Miranda at 301-312-8635 ext. 227 or cmiranda@hfsa.org.

Endorsement Application and Materials

The following materials must be submitted for consideration:

  1. Completed HFSA Endorsement Application
  2. Letter or email documenting requirements 1-3 above have been met
  3. Draft program including proposed faculty
  4. Needs assessment and learning objectives
  5. Draft evaluation form (or a copy of previous year’s form)
  6. Endorsement fee (charge will only be made to approved programs)

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for endorsement.

Endorsement Review and Approval Process

Endorsement requests should be submitted to Cynthia Miranda or cmiranda@hfsa.org.  Complete requests are reviewed by the CME Subcommittee of the Education Committee.  The review process takes up to 30 business days.

Endorsed Program Obligations

Endorsed programs agree to provide HFSA the following:

  • HFSA is provided one complimentary registration to event.
  • HFSA is provided a complimentary table to share membership and educational materials at event. If HFSA is unable to attend, hosting organization will be asked to set materials.
  • HFSA is recognized during welcome remarks by a program co-chair (member of the HFSA). A slide deck and HFSA overview script will be made available for use.
  • HFSA is recognized in program’s walk-in slides using the HFSA Endorsement walk-in slide.
  • Post Follow-up Materials (see Endorsement Post-Program Follow-up Section)
Endorsement Post-Program Follow-up

Endorsed programs are required to submit the following materials to HFSA after the activity:

  • Sample announcement and handout, showing speaker disclosure information
  • Evaluation summary
  • Number of attendees, categorized by physicians vs. non-physicians
  • HFSA is provided two (2) distributions of HFSA membership and educational information to a post conference attended list by various means, in a manner pre-determined by HFSA staff and a representative from the hosting organization.*

If these materials are not submitted to HFSA, future endorsement of the program will not be made.

Benefits Provided to Endorsed Program from HFSA

Endorsed programs will receive the following benefits from HFSA:

  1. HFSA logo for use in publications, program brochure, program website and promotional materials. The logo should appear with the phrase “Endorsed by” and should be comparable in size to the logos of other endorsing organizations.
  2. HFSA Endorsement slide for walk-in slides.
  3. Endorsed program will be listed on the events section of the HFSA website at www.hfsa.org/events.
  4. Endorsed program details will be posted to HFSA’s social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook).

The HFSA member list is available for purchase, please reference the HFSA mailing list policies for more information. The list can be used for marketing and promotion of the endorsed program. For more information about the purchase of the HFSA member list, please contact info@hfsa.org.

Endorsement Fee

The fee for HFSA endorsement is $250 per program.  Complete the credit card payment section on the application form.  The endorsement fee will be charged upon approval of program endorsement.  Programs that are not approved for endorsement by HFSA will not be charged the fee.

 

HFSA Endorsement Guidelines for International Programs

A copy of the HFSA Endorsement Guidelines for International Programs and application can be downloaded here.

International Endorsement Requirements

For international educational programs to be considered for HFSA endorsement, programs must meet the following criteria:

 

  1. A substantial focus on heart failure
  2. Program content in compliance with local regulatory standards for continuing education credits or meets ACCME standards.
  3. A chair/co-chair or member of the planning committee who is an HFSA member
  4. No direct involvement of any sponsors in the program planning committee
  5. An endorsement fee of $5,000 (charge will only be made to approved programs)

Applications generally come from academic or healthcare institutions.  However, applications from for-profit or non-profit companies will be considered.

HFSA is committed to fostering programs reflecting gender equality, diversity (including by nationality, age and other socio-cultural differences) and inclusion. Ideal HFSA Endorsed Courses will share the same principles.

HFSA reserves the right to refuse or reject endorsement requests that it deems to be inconsistent with its mission or that conflicts in some other way with its interests.  HFSA may consider not endorsing a program with dates that directly compete with scheduled HFSA developed and supported programs.  Please refer to the HFSA website for a listing of current programs.

International Endorsement Application and Materials

The following materials must be submitted for consideration:

  1. Completed HFSA International Endorsement Application
  2. Letter or email documenting requirements 1-4 above have been met
  3. Documentation of local regulatory standards or provide documentation that program meets ACCME standards
  4. Draft program including proposed faculty
  5. Documentation of conflicts of interest of faculty
  6. Needs assessment and learning objectives
  7. Draft evaluation form (or a copy of previous year’s form)
  8. Endorsement fee (charge will only be made to approved programs)

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for endorsement.

International Endorsement Review and Approval Process

International endorsement requests should be submitted to Cynthia Miranda, HFSA Manager, Meetings and Education, at cmiranda@hfsa.org.  Complete requests are reviewed by the Vice President, Meetings and Education and the HFSA Education Committee.  The review process takes up to 30 business days.

International Endorsed Program Obligations

Endorsed Programs agree to provide HFSA the following:

  • HFSA is recognized during welcome remarks by a program co-chair (member of the HFSA). A slide deck and HFSA overview script will be made available for use.
  • HFSA is recognized in program’s walk-in slides using the HFSA Endorsement walk-in slide.
  • Post Follow-up Materials (see International Endorsement Post-Program Follow-up Sections
Benefits Provided to Endorsed International Program from HFSA

International endorsed programs will receive the following benefits from HFSA:

  1. HFSA logo for use in publications, program brochure, program website and promotional materials. The logo should appear with the phrase “Endorsed by” and should be comparable in size to the logos of other endorsing organizations.
  2. Endorsed program will be listed on the events section of the HFSA website.
  3. Endorsed program details will be posted to HFSA’s social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook).
  4. A one-time use of the HFSA membership mailing list will be available for promotion of the program.
International Endorsement Post-Program Follow-up

International endorsed programs are required to submit the following materials to HFSA after the activity:

  • Sample announcement and handout, showing speaker disclosure information
  • Evaluation summary
  • Number of attendees – categorized by physicians vs. non-physicians
  • HFSA is provided two (2) distributions of HFSA membership and educational information to a post conference attended list by various means, in a manner pre-determined by HFSA staff and a representative from the hosting organization.

Means include: sharing the post-conference attendee list directly with HFSA for emails sent by HFSA email marketing system*; sending emails on behalf of HFSA to the post-conference attendee list through the hosting organization’s email marketing system+; providing attendee addresses directly to HFSA for direct mailing of collateral* or working with a mail house.

*Organization to send list within 60 days of program. +Organization must provide metrics of email sends within 15 days from email distribution.

  • HFSA use of enduring materials will be negotiated as part of each endorsement
International Endorsement Fee

The fee for HFSA international endorsement is $5,000 per program.  Complete the credit card payment section on the application form.  The international endorsement fee will be charged upon approval of program endorsement.

Questions?

For additional information about the endorsement guidelines or process, please contact Cynthia Miranda at 301.312.8635 ext.227 or email cmiranda@hfsa.org.