Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe


CIRSE welcomes and actively engages in the collaboration with European and international partners towards the improvement of patient care and the development of interventional radiology worldwide. In addition to closely collaborating with its Group Member societies, CIRSE has developed and engages in partnerships with other societies and organisations around the world. Please find some of them listed below.

European Cancer Organisation

The European Cancer Organisation aims to reduce the burden of cancer, improve outcomes and the quality of care for cancer patients, through multidisciplinarity and multiprofessionalism. As the not-for-profit federation of member organisations working in cancer at a European level, the European Cancer Organisation convenes oncology professionals and patients to agree policy, advocate for positive change and speak up for the European cancer community. CIRSE joined the European Cancer Organisation in 2016, and has since then actively contributed to the society’s activities, including the Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care.

European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR)

CIRSE is a co-stakeholder of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR), a non-profit organisation founded in 2006 and dedicated to the coordination of research. EIBIR aims to coordinate and support the development of biomedical imaging technologies and the dissemination of knowledge with the ultimate goal of improving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. EIBIR offers a range of professional project management services which CIRSE strongly recommends to consult when competing for international research grants.

European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS)

The role of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) is to represent, promote and develop the profession of radiography in Europe, within the whole range of medical imaging, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy. EFRS was founded in 2008 and through its member organisations represents more than 100.000 radiographers and 8.000 radiography students in Europe. CIRSE and EFRS collaborate on a number of projects, including recommendations for teamworking in IR as well as joint sessions at the annual congress.

European Society of Radiology (ESR)

CIRSE is an institutional member of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), a non-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening and unifying European radiology. The ESR counts over 75,000 members from all over the world and organises the annual European Congress of Radiology in Vienna, Austria. ESR works closely with national radiological societies across Europe and aims to serve the health care needs of the general public through the support of science, teaching and research and the quality of service in the field of radiology.

EuroSafe Imaging

Since its launch in 2014, CIRSE actively supports EuroSafe Imaging, an umbrella initiative launched by the ESR to support and strengthen medical radiation protection across Europe following a holistic, inclusive approach. Through the CIRSE Radiation Protection Subcommittee, CIRSE regularly contributes to EuroSafe imaging projects, such as the annual poster exhibition or “Ask EuroSafe Imaging”.  For more information as well as training resources for medical professionals and patients, please click here.

UEMS IR Division

CIRSE collaborates with the UEMS IR Division to achieve its mission of working towards the harmonisation of IR training and education, establishing high treatment standards to maximise patient safety and supporting the development and interests of interventional radiology specialists. The UEMS IR Division consists of an Executive Board and delegations representing members of the UEMS. For more information, please click here. 

Further cooperations

CIRSE further collaborates on an ad-hoc basis with European organ-specific societies such as the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) and  renowned European organisations in the field of cancer care, including the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) and the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO).

Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is a non-profit, professional and medical society representing more than 7,000 members working in a variety of settings and at different professional levels, mainly in the U.S. The society’s core purpose and mission is to work with its members to deliver patient-centered care through image-guided therapy. Through regular liaison meetings and mutual participation of faculty in their annual congresses, the two societies uphold strong relations.


The Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR) is an international organisation of interventional radiologists and individuals in related fields to improve the level of clinical practice and research of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology in the Asia Pacific region. CIRSE has a longstanding collaboration and exchange with APSCVIR, with regular high-level meetings between the Societies. On the occasion of APSCVIR 2018 in Auckland/NZ, CIRSE and IRSA organised the Australasian edition of the EBIR exam at the congress.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) is a not-for-profit professional organisation for clinical radiologists and radiation oncologists in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The College administers training programmes, accreditation and continuing professional development programmes for members, and is also active in standard setting and advocacy work. CIRSE, RANZCR and the Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia (IRSA) collaborate on the annual organisation of the Australasian edition of the EBIR exam, which has been organised successfully since 2015.