Official recertification of the IRCAD and IHU by the American College of Surgeons

The Research Institute Against Digestive Cancer (IRCAD) has been awarded re-accreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute for its training courses in minimally invasive surgery organized in Strasbourg, France. The Institute successfully met the Standards and Criteria of the American College of Surgeons’ Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes (AEI). It remains the first French academic training center in minimal access surgery to benefit from this prestigious accreditation awarded by the outstanding American College of Surgeons. As for the Institute of Image-Guided Surgery (IHU), it has just been awarded a first-time accreditation for its training courses in the field of surgery.


In 2017, more than 5,700 surgeons from the world over were trained at the IRCAD and the IHU, and as such, their joint accreditation can be found ranking among illustrious American university institutions such as Stanford, Harvard, NYU, Duke or the University of Houston. In Europe, the IRCAD and the IHU are among the rare accredited centers, which includes the prestigious Imperial College of London.


The accreditation is now valid for a term of 5 years. This award aims to improve surgical patient management, to support compulsory continuing medical education, to control the level of surgical skills, and to facilitate the training of surgeons in novel surgical techniques.


To claim accreditation, the IRCAD and the IHU have gone through a stringent evaluation process with the submission of a thorough application and a comprehensive on-site IRCAD/IHU review performed by an American surveyor. The ACS Accreditation Review Committee gathered at the end of 2017 and voted unanimously for the re-accreditation of IRCAD/IHU training programs. The IRCAD was awarded for the first time in 2015 for a period of 3 years.


The ACS is proud to renew this partnership in the framework of the elite network of ACS-approved Accredited Education Institutes, offering cutting-edge education in minimally invasive surgery for the largest community of surgeons and surgical teams.


The American College of Surgeons is a surgical society which was created in 1913. Its aim is to promote the highest standards of surgical care for the benefit of patients. With more than 78,000 members, the ACS represents the largest community of surgeons worldwide.



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COVID19: IRCAD sanitary measures & health pass

Please note that the IRCAD administrative board and staff are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in France. The health, safety, and well-being of our participants, experts and staff are our top priority!
Despite the current context, the IRCAD stands firmly by your side to help you acquire knowledge and skills. Come and join us !

We would like to draw your attention that the « Vaccine Pass » is now mandatory in France since end of January 2022 and replaces the former « Health Pass » to access places that are open to the public, such as cinemas, museums, cafés and restaurants, hotels as well as the IRCAD Institute which welcomes participants in the framework of its courses and seminars. Thus, a PCR test without vaccination is no longer sufficient to take part in our courses.

The vaccine pass includes a proof of the following (one of the 3 items is sufficient):

  • The vaccination certificate, proving that persons have a complete vaccination (as of January 15, 2022, all persons aged 18 and over must receive a booster dose no more than 7 months after their last injection or Covid infection to receive a valid vaccination pass. As of February 15, 2022, the time limits for keeping the pass will be reduced, you will have to do your booster dose 4 months and no longer 7 months after your 2nd dose to have a complete vaccine schedule and maintain a valid vaccine pass)
  • The result of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test attesting to the recovery of Covid, more than 11 days and less than 4 months
  • The certificate of contraindication to vaccination

Further information about the new vaccine pass can be found at :

We very much hope to be able to count on your kind understanding of those rules which have been set by the French Government and which our Institute is required to apply