Detailed information for the 14th EBN examination 2022 will be available from 1 October 2021.



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The European Board Examination in Neurology is a joint development of the UEMS Section of Neurology and the European Academy of Neurology. 

The exam was held in 2009 for the very first time and since then 453 candidates passed the exam. Successful candidates from all over the world are now conferred the title "Fellow of the European Board of Neurology (FEBN)". This title is not identical to “Fellow of the EAN”.

11th European Board Examination in Neurology – 28. June 2019 – Oslo, Norway



The 13th European Board Examination in Neurology will be organised online.

Written exam: 18. 06. 2021 online.

Oral examination: 28. & 29. 05. 2021 via ZOOM teleconference.

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Passing this examination is an additional sign of excellence but has no legal consequences and does not affect the right to practice within the EU or elsewhere. However it is a proof of excellence and gives the individual candidate a distinguishing mark which may be an advantage in an application procedure within Europe.
The European Board Examination in Neurology is an important step towards further harmonisation and raising standards in European neurology. Cooperation with scientific neurological societies is an important scientific input and a guarantee for the continuous updating of the current knowledge of a European neurologist.

A few words of praise from successful candidates:
"Many thanks. Being a FEBN I noticed that the world turns in different ways, as the title and the knowledge have opened many new doors and opportunities in the field of Neurology for me. Furthermore the preparation and revision for the exam, which I completed successfully after 3,5 years of training in field of neurology, expanded further my knowledge in the area."
"I just wanted to thank you for your unconditional support to take the EBN exam this year in Denmark. I was very proud of being part of the group who took this holistic examination. The organization and quality of the exam were great and will definitively help in the development of better academic neurologists."
"Thanks for all the communications and support given for taking the EBN examination. It is a good academic experience for me. Thanking you sincerely"
"I would like to thank you a lot for all the help you gave me, your wonderful kindness and your generous availability; for making this experience one of the best of my life and a dream come true." 
"It has been a pleasure, a privilege and an honour meeting you in person, and witnessing the magnitude of your human qualities.
Thanks again for the great work that you have done, and I will always be grateful for this gift."



Participation in the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) is not required for participation in the EBN examination.


  • Early bird application deadline: January 15th, 2021
  • Final application deadline: March 10th, 2021
  • Deadline for submitting workpieces (CAT, Essay) for the oral examination: March 15th, 2021
  • Deadline for submitting workpieces (CAT, Essay) for the oral examination for candidates from the cancelled Paris exam: Monday, January 11th, 2021


By applying for the European Board exam, one agrees to take the exam in the form and structure described and acknowledges that cancellation is only possible in accordance with the cancellation policy.
An application must be made by March 10th, 2021 at the latest by filling out the application form (see link to the secure server at the bottom of the page).
It is essential that the application form is filled out correctly with personal data (especially first and last name and, if desired, only a title), as these data will be used for the certificates, which will only be changed at a later date against payment of an additional fee.
The application must be confirmed by payment, the application date is the date of transfer to our bank account.
In the event of failure, there is no restriction on participation in follow-up examinations, provided that a (reduced!) examination fee is paid. Registration for the exam requires that the candidate accepts that the result of the exam is final. A legal debate about the final decision is not possible.

Eligibility criteria

The European Board of Neurology will not require any certificates but it is assumed that the candidates have completed their basic training in general medicine and a national postgraduate training programme with at least 3 years of training in clinical neurology in order to pass the exam.
Only identification documents are required on the day of the examination.



Please transfer the fee free of charge for the beneficiary.

Admission Fees (in EUR)    Early bird fees
before 15.01.2021
before 10.03.2021
Group 1 3 associated members of the EAN   600   650
Group 2 3 associated members of the EAN   350   400
Non European low and lower-middle-income countries 4   350   400
Other non-European countries   700   800


Admission fees depend on the country of work (not on the country of birth or passport)
Payment and subscription via the website should be completed before the early bird date (see deadlines).
Group 1: EAN - Associate Member societies from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom
3 Group 2: EAN - Associate Member societies from Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, FYRO Macedonia, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and additionally Irak;
4 To get sure about the classification of low and lower-middle-income economies please find the following link:

In the year when taking the exam, the following discounts on the congress registration fees apply:
20% for the EAN Resident and Research Fellow Section members and/or Full/Corresponding EAN members (
10% discount for exam participants who are not full members of EAN. 
Upon payment of your exam registration fee, you will receive a discount code on the congress registration fee.

In the event of irregularities requiring further administrative steps, an additional handling fee of € 100 may be charged after notification.
For cancellations made before May 1st applications for 2022 and 2023 will be possible for a considerably reduced charge.



The examination is not an ultimate test to retrieve knowledge from memory, but a competence based exam founded on the roles adopted by UEMS: Medical Expert, Communicator, Scholar, Health Advocate and Professional.

The examination consists of the following parts:

  1. About 100 MCQs on EAN-Guidelines and general Neurological topics. A part (60%) of the written examination can be taken with the help of reference sources (‘open book exam’)
  2. A short essay on a neurology-related topic of public health or ethics that is discussed orally with the examiners. Please have a PowerPoint presentation with you.
  3. A critical appraisal of a neurological topic which will be discussed orally with the examiners. Please have a presentation on your CAT with you.
  4. A presentation of a clinical case for oral discussion

The results of these 4 examinations are summarized to an overall grade.

Written part of the examination

The aim of this part of the examination is to test knowledge (closed book exam) and the handling of knowledge (open book exam).
You will enter the answers to the questions into your laptop.
The multiple choice test consists of approx. 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) which includes clinical case descriptions and can also contain images (radiology, pathology etc.).
About 40 questions have to be answered within the first 60 minutes (90 seconds per question) without using references, the rest can be answered within the following 180 minutes (3 minutes per question) using paper references of your choice. We recommend to bring along a manual and, if you wish, a few print-outs for the examination. Too much literature available will confuse you!

Written exam
during 1 hrs: closed book exam / 40 MCQs
during 1,5 hrs: open book 1 exam / 30 MCQs
during 1,5 hrs: open book 2 exam / 30 MCQs

The written part of the examination counts for 70% of the final mark. Multiple Choice Questions are selected from the main topics and diseases listed in our Core Curriculum.

pdf button European Training Requirements Neurology Vers. 2016

For your preparation we recommend:

  1. A. H. Ropper, M. A. Samuels: Adams and Victor´s Principles of Neurology, MacGraw Hill, or a similar textbook. These books may be taken to the exam to be used as a reference source in the open book parts.
  2. EFNS & EAN & ESO guideline papers from 2012-2020

These sources will be used by the question authors as well.

EFNS & EAN & ESO guideline papers from 2012-2020

pdf button EAN consensus on mechanical thrombectomy in stroke, Wahlgren 2016
pdf button EAN consensus on palliative care in chronic diseases, Oliver 2016
pdf button EAN consensus tickborn encephalitis, Taba 2017
pdf button EAN guideline coma, Kondziella 2020
pdf button EAN guideline dementia, Fredriksen 2020
pdf button EAN guideline diseases associated with dementia, Sorbi 2012
pdf button EAN guideline FDG PET, Nobili 2018
pdf button EAN guideline managing Pompe's disease, VanderPloeg 2017
pdf button EAN guideline medication overuse headache, Diener 2020
pdf button EAN guideline neurogenic spinal hypertension, Fanciulli 2018
pdf button EAN guideline on central neurostimulation in pain, Cruccu 2016
pdf button EAN guideline on palliative care in MS, Solari 2020
pdf button EAN guideline on Pharmacological treatment of MS, Montalban 2017
pdf button EAN guideline treatment Alzheimer's disease, Schmidt 2015
pdf button EAN guideline trigeminal neuralgia, Bendtsen 2019
pdf button EAN recommendations small vessle disease, Mancuso 2020
pdf button EAN statement on sleep and stroke, Bassetti 2020
pdf button EAN-ESO guideline prehospital management stroke, Kobayashi 2017
pdf button EFNS guideline ALS, Andersen 2012
pdf button EFNS guideline Ataxias, Warrenburg 2014
pdf button EFNS guideline diagnosis Parkinson's disease, Berardelli 2013
pdf button EFNS guideline mild traumatic brain injury, Vos 2012
pdf button EFNS guideline ocular myasthenia, Kerty 2014
pdf button EFNS guideline on Restless legs syndrome, Garcia-Borreguero 2012
pdf button EFNS guideline on the management of status epilepticus in adults
pdf button EFNS guideline PCR diagnosis of infectious diseases CNS, Steiner 2012
pdf button EFNS guideline therapy Parkinson's disease, Ferreira 2013
pdf button EFNS muscle biopsy in myalgia, Kyriakides 2013
pdf button ESO guideline cerebral venous thrombosis, Ferro 2017

pdf button Examples of MCQ

Oral part of the examination

The aim of this part of the examination is to test presentation skills, communication, the ability to discuss ethics and public health issues and current scientific issues. Language difficulties in non-English speaking countries will be taken into account.
Please send your submissions timely (i.e. before March 15th) and contact us in case of difficulties. Failure may be considered as a cancellation of the examination. In the case of an incomplete set of documents sent after a complete subscription, we will send you a reminder before the examination.

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You are asked to write an essay on an ethical or a public health topic in the field of neurology. This essay should be an original work and will be scanned for plagiarism.

pdf button How to prepare the essay to be presented

It is allowed to take other subjects of own preference. Write a short essay (max. 800 words) following the instructions and send this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before March 15th, respectively before January, 11th for the candidates for the Paris exam 2020.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to send in this document timely.

Examples for essays and powerpoints:

pdf button Examples of neurology related Ethics topics
pdf button Examples of neurology related Public Health topics

We ask you to prepare an oral presentation with a PowerPoint about your essay. This PowerPoint should not be submitted before the exam. During the exam, there will be 5 minutes to present your essay to the examiners. Please use your laptop to present some of the slides you have created. This slides should not be sent in before the examination.

The examiners will ask further questions for another 5 minutes and then fill out the form as shown in the example.
This part accounts for 10% of the final mark.

Critical appraisal on a topic (CAT)

You are asked to critically evaluate a topic in the field of clinical neurology. This appraisal should be an original piece and is also checked for plagiarism by a scanner.

pdf button How to perform a CAT

We ask you also to prepare an oral presentation with PowerPoint about your CAT. This PowerPoint should not be submitted before the exam. During the exam you have 5 minutes to present your CAT to the examiners. Please use your laptop to present some of your slides. This slides should not be sent before the examination.

The examiners will ask further questions for another 5 minutes and then complete the form as shown in the example.

This part accounts for 10% of the final mark.

Please send your submission before March 15th, respectively before January, 11th for the candidates for the Paris exam 2020, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clinical case

You will also be asked to present a clinical case that also represents 10% of the final mark. We ask you to prepare an oral presentation with a PowerPoint.

pdf button Case presentation example

pdf button Structured evaluation of a case presentation

Please send your contributions (essay and CAT) only together in one e-mail and your registration number in the title of this e-mail before March 15th respectively before January, 11th for the candidates for the Paris exam 2020, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is not necessary to submit the clinical case. It is intended to be presented orally only.



Written tests
After receiving the results of the candidates, the data are analysed according to p-values and RIT-values. Questions with insufficient statistics are eliminated.
Afterwards the Cohen method is used to calculate a passing limit as a control measurement. The final notes will be calculated taking into account a real knowledge limit of 60%.

Oral tests
Two examiners prepare their own score for each of the three parts of the oral examination. All three notes between 0 and 10 are averaged to a mean score.


  • Your own laptop and a power cable to charge
  • Reference sources for the open book part
  • Your PowerPoint presentations for the oral exam
  • Identification documents