Welcome to EBCTS online


Established to set high professional standards

The primary aim of The European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EBCTS) is to encourage common high standards and qualifications in cardiothoracic surgery in all European countries and beyond.  This should potentially allow for the mutual recognition of these qualifications between European countries and elsewhere.

An online resource for you

The European Board has established this online resource to inform you regarding the details of the EBCTS examinations, regulations and requirements. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us

The Level One examinations will be held on 28 & 29 September 2021. The Level Two examinations dates are to be confirmed shortly.

The Level One examination will be held by remote proctoring and will comprise separate papers in Cardiac & Congenital Surgery and Thoracic Surgery which can be taken individually or together.

This method of professional delivery of high stakes examinations is established and secure, but and allows candidates to sit the examination in the privacy and safety of their own home or office provided certain equipment and environmental requirements are met (more information).

Applications for Level One are closed and will reopen in November.

The Level 2 (FEBCTS) examinations, due to be held on 28 January 2021, have been postponed to 23 & 24 June 2021,

Unfortunately, no new applications  for these examinations can be taken at this time.  Applications for the next diet of FEBCTS examinations will open in July.

Please contact Amanda Cameron if you have any queries or questions.

Level One Examination

The Membership of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (MEBCTS): tests the scope of knowledge, clinical judgement and application of the principles and practice of surgery to the standard expected at the end of National training in the generality of cardiothoracic surgery, ready to commence as an independent specialist.

Level Two Examination

The Fellowship of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (FEBCTS): tests the scope of knowledge, clinical judgement and application of the principles and practice of an autonomous / independently practising surgeon to the standard expected in one or more areas of established sub-specialist practice – adult cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery.


The EBCTS Syllabus describes the knowledge, skills and behaviours examined in the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery examinations. The syllabus identifies the breadth of medical knowledge and clinical judgement as learning outcomes required for the Membership and Fellowship examinations of the EBCTS.


Candidates MUST read the regulations of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery before applying to ensure that they are eligible to sit the examination.

Examination Dates

The MEBCTS examination will be divided into 2 specialities
Adult Cardiac/Congenital or Thoracic
The examinations will be held by Remote Proctoring
28 September 2021 –  Thoracic Surgery
29 September 2021 – Adult Cardiac & Congenital Surgery
Applications are open until 30 June 2021
The FEBCTS examinations
Adult Cardiac, Congenital, Thoracic
23 & 24 June 2021
applications closed


Applications for the 2021 MEBCTS examination are open until 30 June 2021.

Applications for the next FEBCTS examination will open in July 2021