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The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), has designed the Cardiac First Response (CFR) and Epinephrine (Adrenaline) standard to offer appropriate training to individuals and groups who wish to avail of certified training in basic life support and the administration of Epinephrine (Adrenaline) for the emergency treatment of adults and children (< 16 years old) with anaphylaxis (anaphylactic shock). This has been possible by SI No. 449 of 2015 Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 and PHECC clinical practice guidelines (CPGs).

Learning outcomes for the CFR and Epinephrine (Adrenaline) standard

The trained person will possess the following general knowledge and skills. The ability to:

  • Recognise the signs of a life-threatening emergency
  • Respond in an effective, safe and appropriate manner to a life-threatening emergency,
    utilising basic life support skills
  • Retrieve and use, if required, an automated external defibrillator during a cardiac arrest
  • Report and record actions appropriately and handover to emergency medical services
  • React to a life-threatening or potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction


Award of joint PHECC/Emergency Training and Education Ltd CFR and named medicinal product cards/certificates to successful participants is mandatory. Certification lapses after two years and a new course must be undertaken

Cost €100 per person/ if CFR-C was previously completed the course for just medication is €50

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