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Surgical Spine Centres of Excellence

EUROSPINE has developed a certification programme for spine institutions. This Europe-wide quality exercise aims to audit and certify the implementation of services that advanced spine surgery and spine care as a whole. The ultimate goal would be to enhance treatment quality in spine surgery and to provide guidance for patients with spinal disorders by displaying centres of a certain quality.

Why develop a certification programme?

  • The European community seeks to promote excellent health care across all member states in spite of differences in the various national health care systems.
  • Value-Based Healthcare (VBH) - quantity is replaced by quality and the measurement of patient outcomes will mean drive “pay for performance”
  • Quality, satisfaction and value in spine care goes beyond the qualifications and treatment chosen by the spine surgeon, it involves the complete delivery of spinal services to a needing patient and payer.
  • Educating spine surgeons is a good first step; however, EUROSPINE would like to support the sustained improvement in costs and patient outcomes in spine surgery

Who is the SSCoE Task Force?

The Task Force is a collaboration of the German Spine Society (DWG), EUROSPINE and the EUROSPINE Foundation (ESF).
  • Frank Kandziora Chair
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Infection Institute, Department:BG-Unfallklinik Frankfurt / / Zentrum für Wirbelsäulenchirurgie und NeurotraumatologieBerufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik
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  • Haluk Berk Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Infection Institute, Department:Dokuz Eylul University / / Dept. of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyDokuz Eylül University
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  • Ciaran Bolger Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Intradural, Infection Institute, Department:Department of NeurosurgeryBeaumont Private Clinic
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  • Jörg Franke Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Infection Institute, Department:Chairmen and Head of DepartmentDepartment of orthopedics – Spine and pediatricsKlinikum Magdeburg gGmbh
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  • Beat Leimbacher Member contact
  • Teija Lund Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Deformity:Adult, Infection Institute, Department:Helsinki University Hospital / Toolo Hospital
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  • Everard Munting Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Infection Institute, Department:Clinique Saint Pierre / /
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  • Margareta Nordin Member
    University degree(s):Prof. Dr. Med. Sci. Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral
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  • Susana Nuñez Pereira Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Infection Institute, Department:Hospital Universitario Donostia / / Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
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  • Norbert Passuti Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Deformity:Adult Institute, Department:Clinique Chirurgicale OrthopédiqueHôtel Dieu
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  • Tim Pigott Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral Institute, Department:Walton Centre for Neurosurgery
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  • Andreas Pingel Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Intradural, Infection Institute, Department:BGU Frankfurt / / Department of Spine Surgery and Neurotraumatology
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  • Clemens Weber Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Intradural, Infection Institute, Department:Department of Neurosurgery, Stavanger University Hospital
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  • Michael Winking Member
    Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Adult, Intradural, Infection Institute, Department:Klinikum Osnabrueck / Zentrum für Wirbelsaeulenchirurgie /
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  • Julie-Lyn Noël Staff
    Institute, Department:EUROSPINE /
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SSCoE Representatives

Haluk BerkTurkey, Greece and Cyprus
Zdenek KlezlCzech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia
Teija LundFinland
Norbert PassutiBelgium, France, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland
Michael WinkingAustria, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland
Antonino ZagraItaly

What is a Surgical Spine Centre of Excellence?

  • This concept of certification was developed for centres which are focused on spine surgery.
  • The term “centre” basically characterises a highly specialised institution which has exceptional equipment, highly qualified personnel, experience and competence on its field.
  • Suitable “hospitals” hosting the centres provide 24/7 care with the possibility to perform emergency surgeries on the spine at any time.
  • Centres that perform conservative treatment only, such as pain clinics or rehabilitation clinics, are not intended to be certified under those parameters. It is planned to establish a certification process for EUROSPINE Conservative Spine Centre of Excellence (CSCoE) in the future.

Why should my centre be certified?

The programme is open to spine centres in Europe who wish to be accredited and recognised as providing a high standard of care. It is an opportunity to establish continuous internal quality control, optimise processes, establish multidisciplinary teamwork and eventually receive external and independent quality control.

Certified Surgical Spine Centres of Excellence

as per November 2019 (listed per country)

Clinique Saint PierreOttignies, Belgium
Krajska nemocnice Liberec a.s.Liberec, Czech Republic
Polyclinique Bordeaux Nord AquitaineBordeaux, France
BG Unfallklinik Frankfurt am Main gGmbHFrankfurt, Germany
Schön Klinik EilbekHamburg, Germany
Rems-Murr-Kliniken gGmbH, Klinik für Unfallchirurgie und Orthopädie SchorndorfSchorndorf, Germany
Istituto Ortopedico GalleazziMilano, Italy
Radboud University Medical CenterNijmegen, Netherlands
University Medical Center UtrechtUtrecht, Netherlands
Stavanger University HospitalStavanger, Norway
Centro Hospitalar de São João, EPEPorto, Portugal
Inselspital, University BernBern, Switzerland
Walton Centre NHS Foundation TrustLiverpool, United Kingdom

SSCoE Guidelines

The SSCoE guidelines were defined by the SSCoE Task Force. The document explains the concept of the EUROSPINE SSCoE, the definition of a centre, pathology groups, quality criteria, and the audit and course of certification.

Apply for certification

To apply for certification please click on the following link

The Michael Ogon Grant

The Michael Ogon Grant was installed to help enable funding for hospitals to be able to complete the application process for SSCoE certification.

Applicants are requested to send a motivation letter to

Digital medals

EUROSPINE Certified Centre Digital Medal
Certified centres can ask to receive a digital medal to use on their websites.

To order the digital medal, certified centres must contact our office at .

The cost of the digital medal is 80 Euros.

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