Carlos Plancha (PT) (Coordinator) Bryan Woodward (UK)Borut Kovacic (SI)Cristina Magli (IT)Catherine Plas (BE) (ESHRE Office)Greta Verheyen (BE)Kersti Lundin (SE) (Coordinator Special Interest Group Embryology)Fernando Prados (ES)
IVF is clearly now a routine medical subspecialty. In the early 1980's, IVF was successfully established by clinical teams that incorporated collaboration with research scientists skilled in laboratory culture methods. In the absence of any opportunity for professional training in these methods, the laboratory aspects were subsequently undertaken by personnel from a variety of backgrounds, frequently with experience not specialised for laboratory IVF, or, indeed, with no laboratory experience whatsoever. As a result of this situation, the scientific aspects were learned either on an "apprenticeship" basis, or by self-education. Since the mid-1990's, assisted reproduction/IVF has experienced a revolution in biotechnology. The balance of assisted reproduction treatment has shifted so that its success is even more dependent upon scientific knowledge and expertise.
ESHRE certified embryologists are now offered the opportunity to renew their certificate through the new CEEC (Continuous Embryology Education Credit) system.
The CEEC system is intended to encourage embryologists to collect education credits, and thereby renew their embryologist certificate. This is a feature for ESHRE members only, and the credits needed for certification renewal should be obtained in three-year blocks. Specifically, senior clinical embryologists will need ten credits and clinical embryologists six credits, obtained over a three-year period, in order to apply for renewal of their certificate.
It is important to note that this is a voluntary activity, and like academic certificates, there will never be loss of validity from a previously obtained ESHRE clinical embryology certification.
Credits must relate to the field of embryology and assisted conception.
1) Applications will only be processed via the new ESHRE web application at the ESHRE website.
2) The highest academic qualification will need to be translated into English, by an official body (university, official translator, notorius publicus), before uploading to the ESHRE website.
3) Starting from the exam in 2012 (application autumn 2011) the ESHRE embryology certifications have been extended to outside the borders of Europe. Only senior clinical embryologists will be able to apply at this stage and there will be a maximum of 60 applicants that can apply each year. ESHRE will have their highest academic qualifications validated by a recognized European institution. Only validated qualifications will be allowed for the exam. In any case, for this service ESHRE will have to charge 50 Euro.
Certified Clinical Embryologists 2012
Certified Senior Clinical Embryologists 2012
Previous years >
Renewal Certified Senior Embryologists
Senior Clinical Embryologist Track
Clinical Embryologist Track
Application form for the exam in London 2013 will be available from 15 October 2012 until 15 December 2012
How to apply for the exam
Documents for ESHRE members
Rules for Certification of ESHRE embryologists
FAQ Embryology Certification
Continuous Embryology Education Credits (CEEC)