For J Neurol 16/06/2008
European board examination in neurology
Wolfgang Grisold and Svein Mellgren on behalf of the UEMS/European board of neurology
and the joint ENS /EFNS examination committee:
The UEMS/Board and Section of Neurology will establish a European Board Examination in
neurology from 2009 onwards. This will be part of a European quality circle to improve and
boost the training and education of neurology in Europe. Additionally the UEMS/EBN will
establish visitation of departments by a UEMS/EBN visitation committee to secure the quality
of education. Residents who train in visited centres will receive a reduction of the
The examination will consist of two parts. A written part is based on a multiple choice test
and an oral examination, where 4 cases with structured questions and answers will have to be
answered. Extra points can be obtained by presenting an own case or his or her scientific
work achieved during training.
The question and the case pool will be developed with both the scientific panels of the ENS
(European Neurological Society) and the EFNS (European Federation of Neurological Societies)
which together with the UEMS/EBN will create a joint European examination committee, to be
advisory to the UEMS/EBN.
The details and registration procedure will be announced on the UEMS/EBN website (www.uems-neuroboard.org). In
the first phase of the examination only candidates from EU countries are eligible, and they
must either have passed their national examination or have a confirmation of their national
society, that they are eligible to do so. This national confirmation will also take into
account the practical skills. Thus, the UEMS/EBN examination will be a three step process
consisting of national certification, and the written and oral UEMS/EBN test.
As the European countries have their own qualification systems, the UEMS/EBN examination
will have no legal power but may be considered as a significant mark of excellence. For the
future it is hoped that countries which have no qualification system yet will adopt this
examination as their standard. The successful candidates of the UEMS/EBN will be awarded the
title “Fellow of the European Board of Neurology”.
The UEMS/EBN will cooperate with the two largest European neurological societies (ENS and
EFNS) to develop the UEMS/EBN examination, launch it and maintain the quality by a
continuous update and scientific input. An examination committee of the UEMS/EBN and the ENS
and EFNS is in the process of being put together
The first examination will take place during the ENS congress in Milan in 2009.