In Europe approximately 14% of the couples have difficulties to conceive. The treatment demand is probably increasing because couples try to conceive later and fertility decreases with the age of the partners. The management of infertile couples and the development of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) need a multidisciplinary approach and require special training, such as in endocrinology, andrology, reproductive surgery, reproductive biology, genetics, psychology of both partners.
The aim of the training is to improve the care of patients with disorders of reproductive function in collaboration with other care providers.
ESHRE’s Executive Committee in 2006 under the guidance of former chairman Arne Sunde set up a group to define a scheme for certification of clinical embryologists. The aim is to certify competence of clinical embryologists working in IVF and to develop a formal recognition for embryologists. This website provides information for applicants regarding timelines and tracks. Application forms, log books, curriculum, and sample exams papers.