In 2007, IBHRE formed a strategic partnership with the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society to tailor the U.S. Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy for the Allied Professional to the needs of the Japanese health care system. IBHRE representatives worked closely with their Japanese counterparts to develop an examination that met the requirements mandated by the Japanese Ministry of Health. Requirements stipulated that all professionals in the medical device industry who have direct contact with cardiac patients must be nationally certified. Under this collaboration Japan allied professionals may earn the Certified Cardiac Device Specialists (CCDS) credential. The exam is intended to ensure a standard knowledge base for those involved in assisting physicians and other health care professionals in the implant and management of pacemakers and ICDs.
About the Japanese Exam:
- Questions were extracted from the same pool of questions used in the English version of the exam except for those that do not apply to Japanese health care practices.
- The exam was then translated into Japanese, customized and administered to Japanese allied professionals by computer-based testing.
- More than 600 examinees completed the first exam.
- The IBHRE and Japan partnership serves as a model for exams specifically tailored to meet the knowledge requirements of a health care system outside of the United States.
IBHRE welcomes the opportunity to work with all international heart rhythm organizations. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Japan Editorial Committee
Toshiyuki Ishikawa, MD
Takashi Kurita, MD
Akihiko Nogami, MD, PhD
Japan Test Translation Committee
Katsuhiko Imai, MD
Takashi Kurita, MD
Toru Maruyama, MD
Yasushi Miyauchi, MD
Takashi Noda, MD, PhD
Masahiko Takagi, MD
Naohiko Takahashi, MD