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 and Level Two examinations will be held in October 2020 and December 2020 as planned.

Whilst we recognise that many Cardiothoracic Surgeons will feel unable to put themselves forward for examination due to the current COVID-19 crisis, some will be in a position to do so and should be provided with this opportunity.

The Level One examination will be held by remote proctoring and will comprise separate papers in Cardiac 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 now open and will close on 31 August 2020.

The Level Two examination will be held in December, dates and venue to be confirmed.

Applications for Level Two are now open and will close on 31 October 2020.

Again arrangements are dependant on global circumstances and we will review the situation regularly and advise of any necessary changes to the schedule.

The European Board wishes all of you safety and good health in these difficult times.

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

From 2020 the MEBCTS examination will be divided into 2 specialities
Adult Cardiac/Congenital or Thoracic
The examination will be held by Remote Proctoring in October 2020
Thoracic Exam 21 October
Adult Cardiac/Congenital 22 October
Applications are now open
The 2020 FEBCTS examinations
Adult Cardiac, Congenital, Thoracic
December 2020
Applications are now open


Applications for the 2020 MEBCTS examination are open until 31 August.

Applications for the 2020 FEBCTS examination are open until 31 October.