Training Guidelines for Endovascular Ischemic Stroke Intervention: An International Multi-Society Consensus Document
25 February, 2016 - 15:50

Dear Friends, dear Colleagues,

Since the publication of the positive thrombectomy trials, the international professional media is noisy with a variety of propositions from different medical specialties checking in into interventional treatment of acute ischemic stroke. Our Society has already expressed its standpoint reinforcing the need of proper training in clinical neurosciences, neuroimaging and neruointerventions for all physicians prior to getting engaged in treatment of ischemic stroke.

It is my great pleasure to report the recent publication of the “Training Guidelines for Endovascular Ischemic Stroke Intervention: An International multi-society consensus document” in multiple journals, including EJMINT. This document is the result of a great effort by multiple societies and a number of individuals that was initiated during the last ESMINT Congress. The basics of the Guidelines were agreed upon at a multisociety meeting during WFITN 2015 in Gold Coast and the document finalized within the past few months with the active collaboration of all participating worldwide societies.

The impact of such a global consensus document is invaluable in securing the continued quality of stroke treatment in acute ischemic stroke around the globe. I wish to thank all of our global partners for their dedicated cooperation and all of those assisting in the coordination of this great effort.

I am convinced this work will be of great benefit in helping (re)-organization of stroke care in your respective countries. Please read the consensus document on EJMINT.

Sincerely yours,


ECMINT 1.4: Preliminary Programme
16 February, 2016 - 14:08

The preliminary programme for ECMINT 1.4 is now available. The course takes place June 21-25, 2016 in Oxford, UK. The registration will open in March 2016.

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Statement to the Code of Ethical Business Practice
4 January, 2016 - 12:17
Dear Colleagues, dear Friends, 
As you may know, on December, 2nd, 2015 EUCOMED and MEDTECH Europe has introduced a new Code of Ethical Business Practice. This new code of conduct represents a major change in financing medical education by the medical industry. As of January, 1st, 2018, EUCOMED/MEDTECH member companies will not be allowed to directly sponsor physician’s travel, lodging and registration costs for attending educational meetings or congresses hosted by “third party” organizations, such as medical associations (including ESMINT). 
During multiple discussions with our industrial partners, we were assured that industry does not intend to remove their support from continued medical education. Yet, these new measures will substantially change the routine of both organizing and attending academic conferences and meetings. 
ESMINT keeps negotiating with all neurovascular companies in order to find sufficient techniques to guarantee continued high quality education via academic events.  We will keep you posted on any progress in this regard. 
With my warmest regards,
ESMINT Season's Greetings 2015
21 December, 2015 - 14:09

ESMINT Season's Greetings 2015

Thank you to all our members and friends!

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Registration closed for ECMINT 1.3
26 November, 2015 - 15:46

Dear ESMINT member or friend

The registration for ECMINT 1.3 is closed!

The third ECMINT course will be held again at St. Anne's college, Oxford, from 14-18 December 2015. The focus is "Stroke". Students are encouraged to complete all 4 courses but completion of each element will be credited for CME points. ECMINT 1.3. is designated for a maximum of, or up to 24 European CME credits (ECMEC).

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Thank you.

Your ESMINT Office

The ESMINT News: October 2015
9 November, 2015 - 14:49

Read our latest newsletter with up-to-date information about our society and the world of INR.

The ESMINT News: October 2015

ECMINT 1.3 - Latest programme available
13 October, 2015 - 14:18
Dear INRs,
Please read the latest ECMINT 1.3 programme on ischaemic stroke. You will find the programme and all additional information around ECMINT 1.3 taking place from 14th - 18th December 2015 in Oxford, UK, here.
It will be a great week with plenty of excellent internationally acclaimed speakers giving lectures and tutorials - so please apply soon.
If you wish to gain the ECMINT diploma, don't forget that you can join the ECMINT Cycle  at any stage - you need to attend all 4 courses but in any order to be able to apply to take the diploma.
With best wishes
Shelley Renowden, Tommy Andersson, James Byrne 
Get your Certificate of Attendance for the ESMINT Congress 2015!
16 September, 2015 - 14:09

The 7th ESMINT Congress 2015 has just finished and it has been a success with around 700 attendees. We would like to thank all participants for their valuable contribution and hope that you had an excellent congress experience.

The certificate of attendance is available for all congress participants. Please click here for more information.

The presentations and pictures of the congress will be soon available. We will send a separate news alert.

Finally, please save the date for the 8th ESMINT Congress 2016, hosted by Prof. Jens Fiehler, Germany: September 8-10, 2016!

Your ESMINT Office

Congratulations to the first ESMINT Stroke Research Grant Recipient!
12 September, 2015 - 10:51

The recipient of the Stroke Research Grant has been announced during the ESMINT Congress on Friday, September 11, 2015.

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The ESMINT proposal for Standards of Practice in Interventional Stroke Treatment
11 September, 2015 - 10:45

Neurointerventional treatment of acute ischemic stroke - 
Standards of Practice

Intense medical research and technology development have recently produced powerful new techniques to treat acute ischemic stroke. The positive results of multiple randomized thrombectomy trials revolutionized the management of this devastating condition and generated a sudden increase in demand for properly equipped institutions and trained personal.

Due to the temporary shortage of these conditions ESMINT, as a leading medical society of the field in Europe, declares its professional standpoint on the basic requirements for neurointerventional treatment of acute ischemic stroke.

Ischemic stroke is a neurovascular disease. As such, all aspects of its treatment require expertise in the neurovascular field. Hence, it should be treated (either invasively or conservatively) by a trained neurovascular team. In this regard, the invasive treatment itself (thrombectomy, thrombaspiration, etc.) should be exclusively performed in neurointerventional units by properly trained personnel.

The requirements for a neurointerventional unit are set by the Standards of Practice in Interventional Neuroradiology – INR, as approved by UEMS as of 04-02-2011 ( An updated version of the Standards are expected to be published by a multisociety working group of ESMINT, ESNR and the UEMS Division of Neuroradiology in the near future.

The increased demand for a round the clock interventional service creates a significant challenge for most neurointerventional sites. ESMINT recommends that sites without sufficient number of trained neurointerventionists may employ dedicated specialists without full training in neurointerventions as supervised members of the neurointerventional team.

Such individuals need to be trained to collect the necessary knowledge and experience level. ESMINT offers didactic education and certified exams through its ECMINT training course ( The practical training needs to be provided by the clinical site. ESMINT strongly discourages practicing neurointerventional treatment of acute ischemic stroke by independent physicians or physician groups not being trained and not belonging to a neurointerventional team.


ESMINT has been established in order to promote the benefits of minimally invasive neurological therapies in Europe through education, training and support for high quality scientific research.

ESMINT encourages and supports medical practitioners and scientists working to develop and improve minimally invasive methods for the treatment of neurological diseases. These methods will naturally evolve and currently involve the use of image guidance and medical devices such as endovascular catheters to perform treatments with minimum associated trauma.

The Society promotes the safe application of such techniques and their practice by suitably trained and competent practitioners throughout Europe. ESMINT encourages the setting of international standards for practice and research and encourages their use and appropriate implementation.

The Society consists of individuals and groups of members working or training in geographical Europe in the field of minimally invasive neurological therapy. The members determine the organisational structure of the Society and are expected to aspire to the highest standards of ethical and scientific medical practice.

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