Dear database user,


The name and web address of the database have been changed to
ECHSA Congenital Database and www.echsacongenitaldb.org respectively.


The database has been created by the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA) in London in 1990 and was subsequently moved to Warsaw in 1998. The database was developed by ECHSA, has been financed largely by ECHSA, and, over the last 8 years, the financing has been exclusively by ECHSA despite limited temporary co-financing of our Database by the EACTS. In the interest of continued unimpeded progress of the Database, it's operation, and, equally important, its finances, ECHSA took the inevitable decision that the Database should continue its operations exclusively under ECHSA administration.

The Database Charter ("Policy") is being revised, to reflect these changes, and will be displayed on the web site as soon as is possible upon completion.

These changes demonstrate our strong will to pursue service the Database has been providing to Congenital Heart Surgeons over the years, and all over the world, now under the name and under the flag of ECHSA, the organization that has been behind the database over the years. Naturally, cooperation with all Scientific Societies interested in the treatment of children and adults with Congenital Heart disease will continue to be fostered.

ECHSA is a European Association of heart surgeons specializing in the treatment of patients with congenital heart defects. At our website (www.echsa.org) the goals of ECHSA are stated:

"The aim of the Association is to advance the surgery for congenital heart defects and improve the treatment of patients with congenital heart diseases in Europe and in all means promote the research and treatment related directly or indirectly to congenital heart diseases irrespective of the patients race, religion, origin, wealth or other discriminative factors".

All current users of the Database are being notified by e-mail, to the mail address known to us. If there are any questions, feel free to mail us at the mail addresses below.

There is no change in the functioning or safety of the database, the web based query functions, nor of the support in all its aspects. Very soon, new and even more user - friendly software will be introduced and in the future database users will need to contribute a limited yearly fee in order to safeguard the database budget and make the database independent from industry contributions only.

When logging in into the old web address you will be redirected to the new address in 3 minutes. At any time, you can click on the link below to move to the new database address.

We recommend to bookmark the new database address.


www.echsacongenitaldb.org



The European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association.
José Fragata, President (jigfragata@gmail.com)
George Sarris, Secretary (g.sarris@mac.com)
Tjark Ebels, Treasurer and Chair of the Database Committee (tjarkebels@mac.com)
Bohdan Maruszewski, Database Director. (bmar@ecdb.pl.pl)

ECHSA is an Association under Finnish law, registered in Espoo, Finland under nr. 1776830-7.