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EBOD Exams

EBO Online Exam May 2023

An online EBO exam will be held on May 12th 2023. Applications will open on October 3rd and close on December 5th 2022

A second exam will be held in Autumn 2023. Applications will open on February 1st and close on April 3rd 2023

Please ensure that you apply on-time, late application requests will not be considered

Please note applications are not open for Swiss candidates- Swiss candidates should contact SOG.

Would you like to apply to sit the online-only EBO Diploma Exam in  May 2023?

Please note: the 2023 May EBO Diploma exam will be fully online. If you plan to sit the exam, please consider where you will take the exam (that there is adequate broadband, it is quiet and you will be undisturbed for the duration of the exam) and with what device (a Windows 10 or Macbook should be adequate, but you must have a webcam, audio functions, and broadband connectivity).  This exam will be “remotely proctored”, which means invigilation will occur by someone watching you take the exam via your webcam.

On results: please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and special arrangements being made to host the 2023 online EBO Diploma examinations, results will not be available the next day (as they usually are). Results will be issued 2 weeks after the exam sitting.

The European Board of Ophthalmology Diploma (EBOD) Examination is a test of excellence in ophthalmology. It is designed to assess the knowledge and clinical skills requisite to the delivery of a high standard of ophthalmology care both in hospitals and in independent clinical practices.

The EBOD is the responsibility of the Education Committee. The examination usually takes place every year in Paris, France (Spring Exam) and planned for the first time in 2023 in Berlin, Germany (Autumn Exam)  and welcomes eligible candidates from all over Europe. The pass rate has been stable over the past years (around 90 percent). The EBOD Examination in most countries of the European Union is voluntary. However, some countries like Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria and Ireland have either made it a mandatory addition to their National Specialist Exam or used it to replace this Exam.

Successful candidates may add the title Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO) after his or her name.

Diploma Award 

All resident candidate certificates will be emailed to successful candidates. The Diploma will remain in the care of their National Delegate/National Society until the Candidate has provided a certified copy of a document confirming national registration as a Specialist.  Candidates will need to contact their National Delegate/National Society to arrange receipt of the diploma. Candidates who pass the EBOD examination and already hold a valid certificate of Specialist in Ophthalmology in any country of the European Union, Norway, or Switzerland will be sent their diploma by post.


Please see candidate Online Exam Information here

Please see sample Clinical Case here

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