Definition of member categories

Definition of member categories

In order to be able to certify centers, clear requirements and criteria have to be defined to which the applying centers have to comply. A regular peer-review is conducted for the certified centers as well.

10 criteria of a Center of Reference (CoR), Collaborative Center (CC) and Associated Center (AC)

1 - At least 150 patients under 18 years

  • Appropriate capacities for diagnosing, following up and managing patients with evidence of good outcome where applicable

2 - Multidisciplinary team with pediatric diabetes expertise and experience

  • Team: pediatrician and nurse with pediatric diabetes expertise, skilled dietitian, psychologist and / or social worker
  • Fulfill national requirements for specialist education
  • High level of expertise and experience, documented through publications, grants, or honorific positions, teaching and training activities
  • Sufficient activity and capacity to provide relevant services at a sustained level of quality
  • Capacity to provide expert advice, diagnosis or confirmation of diagnosis, to produce and adhere to good practice guidelines and to implement outcome measures and quality control

3 - Participation in network, registry or quality circle with data analysis

  • Need to submit data twice a year to SWEETBASE
  • Need to participate in quality circle inclusive data analysis
  • Involvement in epidemiological surveillance such as registries
  • Close links and collaboration with other expert national and international Centers, and capacity to network

4 - Adherence to ISPAD guidelines / ISPAD membership

  • Need to follow the ISPAD guidelines and at least one ISPAD member

5 - Outpatient / Inpatient diabetes services

  • Outpatient diabetes services and inpatient services with confirmed access

6 - Contribution to research

  • Regular printed publications, presentations

7 - Collaboration with patient associations

  • Close links and collaboration with patient associations, where they exist

8 - Arrangements for patient referrals

  • Appropriate arrangements for patient referrals from other countries

9 - National accreditation

  • Confirmation that recognized accredited service within own country, if applicable

10 - Local printed education program for children

  • Diabetes training program with education leaflets for children

SWEET certified Center of reference (CoR)

  • Meet the criteria 1-10
  • Need to submit data (SWEET dataset) twice a year to the SWEET database
    • one year no data transfer – “yellow card”
    • two years no data transfer – loss of present certification, exclusion from the SWEET network
    • Participation in publications is only possible, if the relevant data were submitted
  • Member of SWEET e.V. (membership fee), benefits connected with the membership:
    • Cost-free travel and accommodation to attend the annual SWEET meeting
    • Cost-free Peer Review, required to get certified as CC or CoR
    • Benchmarking Reports (Data Analysis) twice a year
  • Certification by Peer Review

SWEET certified Collaborative Center (CC)

  • Meet at least the criteria 1-5, 9,10
  • Need to submit data (SWEET dataset) twice a year to the SWEET database
    • one year no data transfer – “yellow card”
    • two years no data transfer – loss of present certification , exclusion from the SWEET network
    • Participation in publications is only possible, if the relevant data were submitted
  • Member of SWEET e.V. (2.000 € membership fee), benefits connected with the membership:
    • Cost-free travel and accommodation to attend the annual SWEET meeting
    • Cost-free Peer Review, required to get certified as CC or CoR
    • Benchmarking Reports (Data Analysis) twice a year
  • Certification by Peer Review

Associated Center (AC)

  • Meet at least the criteria 2-5, 9,10
  • Need to submit data (SWEET dataset) twice a year to the SWEET database
    • one year no data transfer – “yellow card”
    • two years no data transfer – loss of present certification , exclusion from the SWEET network
    • Participation in publications is only possible, if the relevant data were submitted
  • Associated member of SWEET e.V.:
    • Attendance at the SWEET meeting at own charge
    • Benchmarking Reports (Data Analysis) twice a year
  • No Certification, no Peer Review

Structure of membership fee (based on income of country of residence according to the World Bank)

Center of Reference and Collaborative Center Associated Centers
Country Income Class Annual fee Annual fee
Upper 2.000 EUR 200 EUR
Upper-Middle 1.500 EUR 150 EUR
Lower-Middle 1.000 EUR 100 EUR
Lower-Income 200 EUR 20 EUR
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