The European College of Baromedicine (ECB)
The European College of Baromedicine (ECB) is a medical speciality organisation set up to establish and maintain reciprocal recognition of qualifications in the Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine fields between the academic and training institutions in Europe.
It intends to become the Accreditation Body for Baromedicine in the European Union and is the executive arm of the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM).
The ECB was an initiative of a number of the leading specialists and academics in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine who, together with the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) and with Divers Alert Network Europe (DAN Europe), set up the structures necessary for the College to exist and function. This was the result of initiatives in the late nineties in Europe in response to a growing demand for better practice of Baromedicine through formal and standardised training and specialisation, and a need to harmonize certification in this area for better consumer information.