EWMA Conference 2018

Wound centre endorsements - pilot project

In Spring 2015 EWMA initiated a pilot project with the objective to develop a EWMA Wound Centre Endorsement Programme and test this in a number of endorsements.

EWMA hopes that this initiative will lead to the establishment of international collaboration and knowledge sharing about development and maintenance of high quality wound centres which offer access to a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals, have established clear referral routes and base their wound management on available evidence based guidelines.

A working group, consisting of wound care clinicians with experience in developing wound care centres in different European countries is responsible for defining criteria and procedure for endorsement of wound centres.


Endorsement criteria

As part of the pilot project a set of endorsement criteria have been developed for the following types of wounds centres:

  • A general multidisciplinary wound centre based inside a hospital, including an in-patient ward
  • A general multidisciplinary wound centre based outside of a hospital setting


These two sets of criteria were tested in the following centres

  • The Wound Healing Centre of the Peking University First Hospital Hospital in Beijing, China (Hospital based)
  • The Wound Healing Centre Secs Saúde São Francisco, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Outpatient clinic)


Working group

  •     Hubert Vuagnat (Chair, Switzerland)
  •     Finn Gottrup (Denmark)
  •     Luc Gryson (Belgium)
  •     Severin Laüchli (Switzerland)
  •     Andrea Pokorna (Czech Republic)
  •     Barbara Esther den Boogert-Ruimschotel (The Netherlands)



Please contact the EWMA Secretariat, att. Julie Bjerregaard, jb@ewma.org, for more information about the EWMA wound centre endorsements.



The development of the endorsement programme is supported by an unrestricted grant from the Coloplast Access to Health Care programme.