Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe
EducationEBIRExam structure Vienna 2019 & Uluru 2019

Examination structure Vienna 2019 & Uluru 2019

Upcoming examinations that will be held in the format outlined below:

  • 27-28 February, 2019 during the ECR 2019 – Vienna, AT (fully booked)
  • 8-9 July, 2019 during IRSA 2019 – Uluru, AU

Upcoming examinations that will be held in the new format:

  • September, 2019 during CIRSE 2019 – Barcelona, ES – date to be confirmed (fully booked)
  • February, 2020 during the ECR 2020 – Vienna, AT – date to be confirmed

Examination structure

  • Duration
  • Structure
  • Examiners
  • Assessment Content


Oral Examination: 100 minutes

Written Examination: 120 minutes


Oral Examination: There are 10 stations with one case examined per station. Each station lasts 10 minutes. Aspects covered during the case discussion include: diagnosis, procedural details, equipment selection, outcomes, safety, potential complications, etc.

Written Examination: 60 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) presented in single best answer format (question poses 4 alternate answers of which the candidate must choose the best one). Each question is allocated equal marks and there is no negative marking.


Oral Examination: Administered by 10 well-trained examiners (IRs), the examination may also be observed by a secondary examiner in training.

Written Examination: Overseen by professional supervisors

Assessment Content

The examination is based on the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology. Each assessment is mapped according to a blueprint derived from this document, this ensures each examination contains an even distribution of topics which cover the whole spectrum of the curriculum and syllabus.

Marking system

The assessment content covers the entirety of the European Curriculum and Syllabus of Interventional Radiology. The candidate will receive either a “pass” or “fail” result. There are no distinctions awarded.

To receive a “pass result”, the candidate must:

  • achieve a total percentage grade of over 50% and
  • pass both oral and written examination independently

As the total percentage grade is composed of the results of the written and the oral examination, performing in one of the parts <50% will lead to a “fail” result even though the total percentage may exceed 50%. There is no compensation between the MCQ and the oral examination.

The EBIR Examinations Team relies on Speedwell Examination Software for the creation, storage and data evaluation of the EBIR examinations.

For more information please see our Marks and Standards Document.


Results will be communicated to candidates no earlier than 8 weeks after the examination. Successful candidates will be awarded a formal certificate, which will be sent by post. Successful candidates may add EBIR (European Board of Interventional Radiology) to their post-nominal qualifications.

Candidates who have not passed the examination can apply to re-sit the exam. Those applying for a repeat exam must complete the payment as before. A transfer of the previous examination fee is not possible. Please contact Examination Services ( about resubmission of any documents.

Who is on the writing team?

The EBIR writing team is composed of EBIR holders who have declared their interest in writing questions or cases for the EBIR examination and have taken part in one of our exam-writing workshops.

Examination Council

The Examination Council oversees the creation of material and plays a key role in maintaining the high-quality standards of the examination. The members are also examiners at the oral examination and write questions for the oral and/or MCQ exam.

Name Role
Otto van DeldenChairperson
Raman UberoiDeputy Chairperson
Written Examination
Colin NiceHead of Written Examination
James Burnes
Laura Crocetti
Gerard Goh
Gabriel Lau
Gerard o'Sullivan
Ken Thomson
Oral Examination
Fabrizio FanelliHead of Oral Examination
Tim Buckenham
William Clark
Joachim Kettenbach
Stuart Lyon
Geert A. Maleux
Josef Tacke
Manfred Cejna