The British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) held its first meeting at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London in 1988 with the aim of establishing a regular meeting forum for those interested in interventional vascular procedures. At that time, coronary angioplasty was still in its relative infancy in the United Kingdom, with a national total of just over 5,000 procedures undertaken that year. 20 years later, over 77,000 percutaneous coronary interventions are performed each year in the UK and many other procedures for valvular and other structural heart disease are firmly established. The Society promotes education, training and research in cardiovascular intervention and develops and upholds clinical and professional standards. The BCIS Rules are available here. Within this document are the guidelines for the Society's structure, and who is eligible to stand for election as well as who the electorate is for each position. The Society continuously audits interventional activity in the UK each year, details being available on the website.