The need for a European approach to trauma training was already recognised in the late nineties. In 2002 the Italian Resuscitation Council invited an international group of experts to Bologna (Italy). This group has set the scene for the development of the ETC.
The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) in collaboration with the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), the European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES) and the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) has set up the European Trauma Working Group, which has appointed an independent group of experts in the field to devise the course.
The first pilot ETC was held in Valletta (Malta) in 2006 on invitation of the Maltese Resuscitation Council with an international faculty from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and UK.
Subsequently the course was further developed and piloted in Rome (Italy), Stavanger (Norvay) and again Valletta (Malta). During this process a strong emphasis on non-technical skills was introduced. The first official ETC was held in 2008 in Gent (Belgium).
In the following years the ETC has grown rapidly with now fully established programmes in more than 20 countries.