EBSQ Examinations
General Surgery

EBSQ Examinations

Next EBSQ Examination

DatesPlaceApplication deadline date
17 & 18 March 2023MunichClosed
22nd & 23rd of September 2023Vilnius, Lithuania7th June 2023

Applications for the session in 2023 are open.

Please note that once the deadline date to apply is passed, the links won’t be accessible anymore. No application will then be possible and acceptable by any means.

Please note that the EBSQ Examination in Coloproctology takes place only in the English language.

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The candidate for the EBSQ title in coloproctology should be a future opinion leader in the management of colorectal diseases in his hospital and/or country. Profound knowledge, including current literature of all colorectal and proctological diseases will be tested to become an EBSQ Coloproctology certified specialist.

Eligibility requirements

All applicants must be from or currently working or have been trained in an European Union UEMS (UNION EUROPEENE DES MEDECINS SPECIALISTES) or associated UEMS country, i.e. Turkey and Israel.

Eligibility of an application will only be reviewed by the board once all required documents are provided and the entirety of the fees have been paid. Once these conditions are met, applications are treated by “first-come, first-served” principle.
Incomplete applications or unpaid fees will result in delay of evaluation of your application.

The minimum acceptable duration of training for EBSQ COLOPROCTOLOGY is 7 years. This must include a minimum total of 5 years in specialist surgical units. Candidates must have completed 2 or more extra years in coloproctology.
Experience acquired as a specialist or consultant on a unit with senior or more experienced colleagues may be taken into account, but at least one year of advanced training must be undertaken in a nationally recognised unit. Trainers should be ideally EBSQ certified.

Eligibility criteria

In order to check the eligibility of any application, we request that each applicant download and fill in the Application form that you can download below.
Please answer all the questions in the Application form electronically.

Handwritten application will be not considered as eligible.

We also request a Logbook which answers the eligibility criteria of operative experience which are detailed in this document.


Candidates must attach the following documents to their online registration on the UEMS Surgery platform:

• EBSQ Coloproctology Application form
• Declaration of 2 trainers signed (within the Application form)
• National certificate of specialized training
• EBSQ Coloproctology_LOGBOOK or equivalent logbook of operations according to the instructions (all operations must be listed and patients must be anonymised)
• Short CV including publications list

Note: If visiting trainees have trained within a EU, UEMS or associated UEMS country and had a similar training to those who can subsequently take the CCST, even though such candidates may not be allowed to take the CCST for reasons of refusal of permanent residence, they should be deemed equivalent to CCST and be acceptable as candidates for the EBSQ. The EBSQ Certificate will denote that it is without national cost and does not confer right of domicile.

Examination fees

The total fees of €700 are for the whole application:
– eligibility fee (€200) non refundable, and
– examination fee (€500)
for the European Certification in Coloproctology. 

The eligibility fee is to be paid when the candidate registers for the certification.

The examination fee should be paid once the eligibility of the candidate has been confirmed, to finalise the registration of the candidate for the examination.

Cancellation/Postponement up to 90 days before the exam- Exam fees (if paid) postponed to next sitting + an admin charge of 90 euro.

Cancellation/Postponement less than 90 days before the exam – Exam fees not transferred to the next exam. If candidate was deemed eligible then they will pay the full exam fee + 90 euro admin fee. They will not have to pay the eligibility fee again if they have been assessed eligible.

Reasonable cancellations within 90 days of the exam will be considered on a case by case basis. Supporting documentation may be required.

For those who have been assessed eligible, you may postpone for up to 24 months. After 24 months you must go through the eligibility assessment again.

All fees paid are non-refundable. The exam fee may be transferred to another exam sitting if more than 90 days notice is given.

The EBSQ Examination


The number of candidates is limited and may vary from examination to examination.

If the maximal number of candidates has been reached, all further eligible candidates are put on a waiting list. You will be informed periodically by the UEMS office if a candidate cancels.

The examination will be cancelled if there are less than 10 candidates. You will be notified within 3 weeks after the application deadline. Do not make travel arrangements before this date. If the examination is cancelled, eligible candidates can choose any other dates and will be on the priority list.

Cancellations of participation from a candidate after the deadline will not be reimbursed. If a candidate cancels after the deadline, they will need to pay the entire examination fee again.

Examination content

The EBSQ Examination in Coloproctology includes a written case discussion and two “viva voce” examinations with two pairs of EBSQ certified examiners.

The written and oral exams are both in the English language only.

The written part is a case description with several questions regarding assessment of the patient and treatment options. Questions will also include current literature and/or ongoing studies. Answers must be given by writing.
This test is limited to one hour.

The two oral parts are:

  • General part: The first oral examination is a 30 minutes session of clinical case discussions with interpretation of diagnostic tools, specimen analyses and local status.
    You will be shown a picture and asked specific questions regarding diagnosis, treatment options and outcome.
    This part will test your clinical knowledge.
  • Academic part: During this 30 minutes session a current publication will be discussed. You will receive the paper (in English) one hour before the start of the oral examinations.
    You will be asked specific questions in regards to interpretation of this paper, similar to a review of a submitted manuscript.
    Knowledge on basic statistics will also be tested during this part.

Scoring and granting

To pass the examination, the candidate has to pass all three parts (>=60% correct answers/points) and have an average score >=66% points for the entire examination, while the written part counts double.
E.g. A) Written 70%, general 55%, academic 65% = candidate fails because general <60%.
B) Written 61%, general 63%, academic 58%, overall 64% = candidate has passed all parts (>60%), but still fails the examination because the overall score was <66%.
C) Written 70%, general 75%, academic 65% = candidate passes the examination.

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