Information for exam applicants

The applications for the exam in 2018 will be available online from 18 October until 15 December 2017 (or until maximum capacity is reached). In January and February all submitted applications will be reviewed by the Embryology Certification Steering Committee. By end of February all applicants will be informed whether or not their application has been accepted to sit for the exam. The next exam will be held in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday 30/06/2018 (15:00-17:15)

For the 2018 embryology exam, ESHRE will start with a pilot project on the organisation of a long distance e-exam allowing 40 embryologists working outside of Europe to take the exam online at the AIILSG centre in New Delhi, India.
The participants in New Delhi will have to complete the exam on a computer and they will start at the same time as the participants sitting the paper exam in Barcelona.
Applicants who select 'New Delhi' as the exam location will not be able to change to Barcelona (or vice versa) after being accepted.

Before end of May all accepted participants will receive a confirmation letter with their seat number. Participants need to bring this confirmation letter to the Exam badge pick up desk on Saturday 30 June. The desk will open at 10h00 but will transform into a cash desk at 13h00. It is therefore recommended to pick up the exam badge between 10h00 and 13h00 in order to avoid long queues. Participants without an exam badge will not be admitted to the exam room.


Applicants will be expected to have a good knowledge of the following aspects of clinical embryology.

Literature list

Suggested reading list