General Surgery EBSQ Exam
General Surgery

General Surgery
EBSQ Examination

Next EBSQ Examination

DatesPlaceApplication deadline
13th to 15th of September 2023Dublin (Ireland)30th of June 2023

All candidates, including new candidates and those who postponed or failed previously must apply through the UEMS dedicated web-platform accessible through the buttons below!

Please note that once the deadline date to apply is passed, no application will then be possible and acceptable by any means.

We kindly encourage applicants to submit their documents and payment as early as possible.

Before clicking on the “Apply” button, please ensure that you have read thoroughly the Eligibility criteria, that you have completed and ready to submit all the documents required to assess your eligibility to the EBSQ Examination in General Surgery:

  • Application form filled and signed
  • Surgical evidence-of-competence logbook
  • CV
  • 2 Recommendation letters
  • Commitment to abide by assessment regulations signed
  • Primary Medical Qualification certificate
  • Medical registration certificate
  • Evidence of 6 post-graduate years of training
  • A consolidated documents for the Credit points with the evidences
  • A passport/ID photo

▲ Please note that you have to submit all the required documents and paid the Eligibility fee before the deadline date.
We do not accept any document as support to applications by any other means than uploaded on the dedicated web-platform. Any document sent by any other means including by email will not be considered as part of an application.

▲ Places are limited. Do not wait last minute to finalise your application.
We will apply a first applicant, first registered policy in case we have more candidates than we have the capacity to welcome.

The further payment of the Examination fee may be possible after the deadline date within 2 weeks from the notification of your eligibility (sent by email).

You wish to apply to the EBSQ Examination in General Surgery for the first time or you were assessed as not eligible in a previous attempt to participate to the exam. You are a new candidate. Please click below:

You didn’t succeed once in a previous session of EBSQ Examination in General Surgery and you want to give it another try?
Please click below:

You were assessed eligible in a previous session of EBSQ Examination in General Surgery, you were not able to attend the Examination and you want to attend the 2023 session?
Please click below:

Examination organisation & rules

To apply for certification as Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) in the specialty of General Surgery offered by the “European Board of Surgery” and the “Division of General Surgery” a candidate has to undergo a two-step quality validation process: Eligibility and Examination.

A candidate successfully passing the examination will be qualified as:
Fellow of the European Board of Surgery – F.E.B.S. General Surgery

The Fellowship of the UEMS is a significant high-level indication of professional competence and excellence. It basically reflects the ongoing important European standardisation, harmonisation and quality assurance process in medicine.

Fellows of the European Board of Surgery (General Surgery), whether obtained through the EBSQ Examination or by Honorary conferment, may require confirmation of that their certificate is genuine.
Please read the following for more details on the confirmation of authenticity of your certificate:

New examiners not already in possession of the FEBS will be awarded the Honorary FEBS General Surgery. This Honorary Qualification is no longer conferred in response to a proposal or an application.

If you wish to become an examiner, please read carefully the following:

Examination Committee and FEBS – RCSI (Dublin, Ireland) September 2021
Examination Committee and FEBS – Imperial College (London, UK) September 2022

Eligibility requirements

Your application will be made of 10 documents, the first 5 are to be downloaded from this website (templates hereunder) and filled out:

  • Application form filled and signed by applicant and two referees
  • Surgical evidence-of-competence logbook ( using template provided, signed and stamped by supervisor)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Commitment to abide by assessment regulations signed

These documents should be then uploaded on the platform during the registration process.

For details on the eligibility criteria and guidance, please download the following document:

Examination fees

The total fees of €1,200 are for the whole application:
– for eligibility (€450) and
– for the examination (€750)
for the European Certification in General Surgery. 

The eligibility fee is to be paid when the applicants register for the certification.

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

Cancellation/Postponement up to 30 days before the exam- Exam fees (if paid) postponed to next sitting + an admin charge of 90 euro.

Cancellation/Postponement less than 30 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 30 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 30 days notice is given.


A Gold certificate amounting to 1,000 euro will be awarded to the first placed candidate at each session of the ESBQ Examination.

Gold certificate was awarded to:
Hasham Akram Choudhary (UK) in 2021
Mohammed Qasim Abduljabbar (UK) in 2022

An EBSQ International Scholarship for candidates from least developed countries amounting to 1,000 euro each will be awarded to successful candidates on condition that their place of work and country of residence is listed as one on the most current United Nations (UN) list of least developed countries (LDC). A maximum of two bursaries are awarded to the two candidates who place best in the EBSQ Exam, if contested.

No International Scholarship has been granted yet.

The bursaries will be paid after the examination results are published.

The two bursaries (Gold certificate and International Scholarship) cannot be granted to the same person.

Examination rules

For details on the proportion of questions from each category that candidates will be asked in the examination, please download the Blueprint:

And, more specifically, regarding Part I of the examination (Multiple Choice Question), here are the type of questions that may be asked :

For details on the organisation and the rules attached to the EBSQ examination in General Surgery, please read carefully the Frequently Asked Questions: