Board exam

European Board Examination in Pathology

European Board Examination in Pathology

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2nd of September 2017

European Board Examination 

In 2017 the European Board of Pathology will provide the 21st examination, consisting of multiple choice questions. The language for this examination is English only. The examination may be taken by all anatomic pathologists who have qualified as a pathologist in an European Country. Successful candidates will be issued with a certificate by the EBP.

When places are still available, candidates from non European countries can apply.

Examination procedures 

The examination will be a multiple choice question examination, covering the whole field of pathology. The examination will consist of three parts, each lasting two hours.

-The first part deals with the theoretical aspects of general and systemic pathology and related basic sciences. The examination consists of 120 multiple choice questions. To be successful in the theoretical part of the examination, the candidate will need to have studied at least a recent textbook in Pathology such as Robbins or other equivalent textbooks.

-The second part of the examination consists of 40 glass slides for histological diagnosis. Each glass slide is accompanied by one multiple choice question.

-The third part consists of 50 projected images covering different aspects of gross pathology, cytopathology and special techniques in pathology. The latter techniques include molecular pathology and immunohistochemistry. Each kodachrome is accompanied by one multiple choice question.

The questions, slides and kodachromes are provided by a number of expert pathologists from the participating countries. The selection for the examination is made by the examination committee.


The results of the examination are strictly confidential and will be communicated not later than October 31st, 2017, to the single candidates only.

Please note that the Examination Committee will not communicate the precise scores of any of the 3 parts, but only the successful / unsuccessful results.

The Certificate will be issued to those candidates who have passed successfully all 3 parts of the examination.

The score sheets of each candidate will be evaluated by 2 independent members of the Examination Committee. It is not possible to appeal and request a re-evaluation of the results.

Examination location 

The next examination will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2nd of September 2017. Information about the location will be send to the elected candidates in due time.


For this examination pathologists, qualified as a pathologist in an European country will be eligible to take the examination.

All pathologists must submit a signed copy of the official document confirming their qualification as a pathologist and a recent photograph. Residents in training must submit certified evidence that the residency training programme in pathology will be finished by September 2017. The number of participants will be limited to 30. Registration will take place on a first-come-first-served basis, after payment. Please do not send money if you do not fulfill the requirements.

Non-European candidates are eligible if there are still places available at time of application.

Subjects to be examined 

The examination will cover the whole field of the daily practice of a pathologist. This includes histopathology, cytopathology, autopsy pathology. It also includes special techniques as electron microscopy, molecular pathology and (immuno) histochemistry. The examination is comparable with other international examinations in Pathology and requires sufficient knowledge of theoretical pathology as discussed in standard textbooks of Pathology

Assessment fee 

The fee for participating in the examination will be 500 EURO for 2017. This fee excludes the travel and lodging expenses of the candidate. Transfer should be made in EURO’s to the EBP examination committee, as indicated on the registration forms. Credit Card payment or cheques are not possible. Payment can be made by Bank transfer to the Fortis-bank Brussels, Belgium.

The deadline for sending in your application form to take the examination and for payment of the examination is August 1st, 2017. In the event of cancellation full refund of the examination fee minus 15% for administration costs, may be made up to four months before the examination. Only written cancellations shall be accepted. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is received at the secretariat of the Examination Committee of the European Board of Pathology after that date. Refunds will be processed in December 2017.


Please address all information about the examination to the chairman of the Examination Committee:

Prof.dr. Claude Cuvelier

Department of Medical and Forensic Pathology

Ghent University

UZG PAD building

De Pintelaan 185

9000 Ghent


Tel. +32-9-3323676


7 thoughts on “Board exam

  1. Hi and thanks
    I am graduated as pathologist in pre-board examination from iran (non-europian cointry).
    Is it possible for me to be candadate for this exam?

    With grateful


  2. Hi and thanks
    I am graduated as pathologist from Republic of Moldove (non-europian cointry).
    If i will pass this exam, i can work a pathologyst in european country?


    1. I expect that it would help you to obtain work in a European country if you meet the job specification in other ways as well.


  3. Hi. Thanks for the information.

    I am a Pathologist from India. I am keen to apply for the fellowship program. Iave two queries
    1. Do the fellows get any stipend ?
    2. Can it be shared how many candidates from Non-European country qualified for fellowship in 2016.



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