The ERC Board has taken the decision on Friday, 27th of March, to postpone
publication of the ERC Guidelines until 2021. This decision has been taken
mainly because most of our colleagues who are currently participating in the
ERC Guideline process are heavily involved in managing the COVID-19 crisis,
many being on the front lines with a vital role in the clinical care of their
These are challenging times for all of us and we are conscious that many of
you have asked the ERC for guidance on resuscitation training and practice
during this COVID-19 pandemic. Several National Resuscitation Councils have
already produced guidance and, in some cases, published this online.
A rapid review has just been completed by ILCOR so that the science on the risk
of transmission of viral infection during CPR can be evaluated. The ERC will
take the ILCOR recommendations and combine these with the results of the
NRC survey to produce guidance on CPR for both in- and out-of-hospital cardiac
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Professor Jerry Nolan
European Resuscitation Council