European Board of Surgery Qualification

Continuing Medical Education makes a difference!

The European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ) examinations in Surgical Oncology and  in Breast Surgery are organized by the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS), European Board of Surgery, in cooperation with ESSO.

The examinations aim at certifying the level of up-to-date knowledge, skills, and general competency necessary for the optimal treatment of a cancer patients. The EBSQ diploma delivered by the European of Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) is the only form of certification in the specialty of Surgical Oncology and in the specialty of Breast Surgery within Europe. Candidates who successfully pass the examination are awarded the title of 'Fellow of the European Board of Surgery' (FEBS). 

The examination in surgical oncology is conducted under the supervision of an Examination Board chaired by Dr. Ibrahim Edhemovic (SI), Head of the Division of Surgical Oncology, Surgical section, UEMS. 

The examination in breast surgery is conducted under the supervision of an Examination Board chaired by Professor Christos Markopoulos (GR), President of the Division of Breast Surgery, Surgical section, UEMS. 

Both examinations are based on the core curriculum developed by ESSO Education and Training Committee in 2012.

What are the benefits of taking the exam?

  • The exam is accredited by an international and independent body,
  • Same level of competencies for all cancer surgeons, regardless of country of practice,
  • Acknowledgement of knowledge in the field of surgical oncology which is important for my patients, team, and myself,
  • Widens surgeons’ professional horizon, allowing for an easier integration in other teams and countries.

To whom do we recommend this exam for?

  • All surgeons who treat cancer patients
  • For cancer surgeons wishing to raise their professional knowledge and skills
  • For those wishing to ensure their competencies meet the European standard

Dates for 2023



Breast Surgery




Surgical Oncology
(English,Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian languages)




Surgical Oncology
(German language)



 Deadline for application 30 April 2023 N/A 30th April 2023 N/A 30 April 2023 N/A
 Date of online written exam 2 June 2023 N/A 14 June 2023 N/A September 2022 Hamburg, DE
 Date of oral exam 30/09-01/10/2023 Madrid (SP) 27-28 October 2023 Florence, IT September 2022 Hamburg, DE


Eligibility criteria and examination fees

  Breast Surgery Surgical Oncology
(all languages)


Examination fees

150€ eligibility
250€ written exam
300€ oral exam


250€ eligibility
350€ written and oral exam

Applications must be submitted via the online application here for the breast surgery exam and here for the surgical oncology exam, before the above deadlines.

Preparatory Webinar for the UEMS EBSQ Exam on Surgical Oncology

Click here to access the ESSO Webinar - Tips and Tricks for Surgical Oncologists, which provides detailed information and advice on the examinations for anyone considering this exam. This webinar is only available for ESSO members. 

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