Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe
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Examination structure new format

The Barcelona 2019 examination will be the first assessment held in the new format. Thereafter, all examinations will be held in the new format.

Upcoming examinations that will be held in the current format:

  • 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 format outlined below:

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

Examination structure

  • Duration
  • Assessment structure
  • Assessment content


The assessment will be conducted over the course of a single day. The overall duration of the assessment is approximately 4 hours with a 30 minute break between the two sections.

Assessment structure

The assessment will be divided into two parts: a clinical case scenario examination and a general clinical practice examination.

Clinical Case Scenario Examination

The clinical case scenario examination is a written assessment, comprising of 10 sequential items. Each sequential item is made up of 4-6 selected response questions that are all related to a specific case scenario. Within a sequential item, every question logically succeeds the previous question i.e. after the first question is answered, additional information is added to facilitate answering the second question, and so on. Candidates may be required to select the single best answer, select multiple correct answers or order the answers in a specific way.


General Clinical Practice Examination

The general clinical practice examination is a written assessment, comprising of approximately 50 multiple choice questions (MCQ). MCQs are standalone questions with multiple response options, candidates must select the single best answer.


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. To receive a “pass result”, the candidate must achieve an overall combined score of over 50%. 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.

Repeating the examination

Candidates who have not passed the examination can contact the EBIR Registration team at the following email address and apply to re-sit the exam: Please note that those applying for a repeat exam must complete the payment as before, a transfer of the previous examination fee is not possible.

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.

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