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1. EDiR - European Diploma in Radiology

The examination is open to radiologists and radiology residents in their fifth year of training in compliance with the requirements. EDiR has been recognised in some countries, e.g. Poland as equivalent to specialization diploma in radiology and diagnostic imaging. Furthermore, EDiR is significantly expanding far beyond the boundaries of Europe.


Dr. Adriaensen is the UEMS representative in EDiR Standards Committee and Prof. Hildo Lamb represents the Section of Radiology in EDiR Scientific Board.


EDiR was recognised as a UEMS examination and examiners involved in EDiR will be granted 2 ECMECS per examination.


For full information about EDiR, please visit:




2. ACI - Accreditation Council in Imaging


EBR - European Board of Radiology is an organisation dedicated to the investigation, development and implementation of certification and accreditation activities and programmes, including examinations and other instruments of qualification/certification for general and sub-specialised physicians, programme evaluation and accreditation of continuing medical education activities, accreditation of training institutions and similar organisations, as well as monitoring and harmonising qualification and training standards in the field of radiology, imaging diagnosis in Europe.


The specialist body of EBR, which is carrying out the proceeding of the accreditation in collaboration with the EACCME, is called Accreditation Council in Imaging.


ACI Scientific Director: Prof. Paolo Ricci

ACI Policy Committee - UEMS Representative: Prof. Paolo Ricci

ACI Reviewing Committee - UEMS Representatives: Prof. Hannu Aronen, Dr. Remy Demuth


According to ACI Rules of Procedure, mandate of ACI Committee members is now biannual.


January 2016: ACI started its activities.

August 2016: Signature of ACI Terms and Conditions agreed by the EBR and the UEMS.
September 2016: draft of the EACCME 2.0 was received and feedback by the ACI Leadership sent back to the EACCME office.
January 2017: EACCME revised criteria to come into effect and ACI Terms and Conditions to be adapted.

March 2017: Prof. Paolo Ricci - President of the Radiology Section - took on the position of ACI Scientific Director.


342 applications received as of March 31, 2018.


For full information about ACI, please visit the webpage:



Since European accreditation systems differ not only from one another, but also with regard to their equivalence to ECMEC credits, the ACI recently conducted the survey "Accreditation systems in Europe" in an attempt to collect relevant data on accreditation systems in Europe, and regarding significant preferences of the European radiological community on Continuing Medical Education (CME). You can find some interesting results in the attachments.







The European Training Assessment Programme (ETAP) was established in 2001 as a joint initiative between the EAR (European Association of Radiology) and the UEMS/Radiology Section. In March 2017 it was agreed to shift the project to the EBR. Its specialist body, in charge of the undertaking of the aforesaid aims in collaboration with the UEMS Radiology section is called European Training Assessment Programme 2.0 (hereafter, ETAP 2.0). This body is equally represented by the UEMS Radiology section and EBR members.


It is now a partnership project between the Section and the European Board of Radiology (EBR).

It aims to:

• improve and harmonise the standards of radiology training in Europe.
• provide institutions that offer postgraduate radiology education with objective assessment
of their training programmes by external assessors nominated by the ESR.
• develop assessment systems and guidelines for use by postgraduate education authorities at a national level.


The new ETAP 2017 has been officially presented at the ESR Annual Leadership Meeting in Barcelona on November 18, 2017 and it will start its activities at ECR 2018.


The ETAP Working Group, which will become the ETAP 2.0 Scientific Committee after ECR 2018, comprises an equal number of EBR and UEMS members. Candidates from the EBR and the UEMS will take the position of scientific director on an alternating basis. Three EBR members and three UEMS members will also perform the role of assessor on a rotating basis (one lead assessor and co-assessor per assessed institution). A third junior assessor (European Junior Doctors and ESR Radiology Trainees Forum Subcommittee representatives) will perform an advisory role as residents or junior doctors supporting the assessors.


Current composition:


Chair: D. Negru (Romania)


Assessors/ Co-assessors (on a rotating basis):

- EBR: L. Oleaga (Spain), V. Valek (Czech Republic), I. Tyurin (Russia)

- UEMS: M. Adriaensen (Netherlands), H. Aronen (Finland), J.P. Joris (Belgium)


Trainees organisations/advisory role:

- A. Svare (Latvia) - Radiology Trainees Forum

- A. Montvila (Lithuania) - European Junior Doctors


Collaborators/ Verification of information and documentation provided: Society Delegate to the ESR Education Cte. (from the country of the institution to be assessed) and UEMS National Delegate (from the country of the institution to be assessed).


Phases of the ETAP 2.0 process:

Phase 1: evaluation of the documentation

Centres interested in being assessed submit the application form to the ETAP office using the ETAP platform.The ETAP Scientific Committee verifies compliance with the eligibility criteria and the centre receives its access credentials for the platform. The centre and trainees complet etheir respective questionnaires and provide the necessary information

Phase 2: video and report

The centre sends a video of its facilities and equipment. No high-quality professional video is required. This verifies the information relating to the facilities and equipment required in the questionnaires, which are filled in by the head of training (report on equipment, including manufacturer, model, year, etc.).

Phase 3: online interviews

Online interviews with the people who fulfil the following functions (adapted to each institutiona ccording to their training department structure):
• Head or a deputy head of theradiology department
• Head of the education programme
• One of the trainees' tutors
• One attending physician involved in the training programme or a deputy (involved in the training programme)
• Trainee supervisor
• At least two trainees (maximum of five, ideally one junior trainee and one senior trainee)


The final outcome of the certification of the relevant training departments is determined using a weighting system for the different areas of evaluation based on the material provided by the institution; namely the questionnaires and information provided by the head of training and the residents, the video of the institution facilities and equipment, and the online interviews.


Institutions will be granted three levels of certification:

Silver: the institution has training standards that ensure adequate training in accordance with the standards set out in the European Training Curriculum (ETC) and covers all aspects of education.

Gold: the institution provides a standard of training that is in accordance with the ETC, a subspecialisation programme and basic research training.

Platinum: the institution provides an advanced subspecialisation and research training programme and all imaging modalities are available.


For further information and to apply, please visit:






The European Union of Medical Specialists established the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), in January 2000, with the aim of encouraging high standards in development, delivery and harmonization of continuing medical education (CME). This was to be achieved through the international accreditation of CME events, and the establishment of a system for the international acceptance of CME points.


Agreements in place with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) for mutual recognition of credits enhance the international status of EACCME.


In April 2009 the UEMS-EACCME launched the accreditation of e-learning materials. By e-learning is meant the delivery of CME-CPD by methods including: recorded audio, recorded visual, recorded on Compact Disc (CD), recorded on Digital Versatile Disc (DVD), available on Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), available online via an educational website, or any mixture of the preceding. The UEMS-EACCME sets itself as the central link between the National Accreditation Authorities (NAAs), the UEMS Specialist Sections and Boards (S&Bs), the European Specialty Accreditation Boards (ESABs) and the Providers of CME activities.




Key aspects of EACCME 2.0 - presented during 3rd UEMS CME Conference (Amsterdam, 12th November 2016):


Application-review-accreditation: faster / more efficient
Brand new IT platform
Accreditation portfolio: new forms of CME/CPD activities
Implementation of "Trusted Provider" status
Accreditation / recognition activities
More emphasis on quality control


Please find in the attachments below the new EACCME 2.0 Criteria and EACCME 2.0 Recognition of CPD/CME activities (applicable as of January 2017).

The recognition of CPD/CME activities includes:


- Reviewing scientific and educational material

- Publishing scientific and educational material

- Learning by teaching

- Taking part in a UEMS exam as an examiner


EACCME Platform: https://eaccme.uems.eu/home.aspx


5. EBIR - European Board of Interventional Radiology


Activated in 2010, the European Board of Interventional Radiology has obtained UEMS-CESMA recognition in March 2017. Supplemental to any other national qualifications, the EBIR also aims to facilitate the free movement of Interventional Radiologists across and beyond Europe.

The EBIR is under the supervision of CIRSE (the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe), the ESR (European Society of Radiology) and the UEMS Division of Interventional Radiology.

The 2nd edition of the Curriculum and Syllabus (attached) will serve as the basis for the EBIR Examination from March 2018.


More information about EBIR available below:







At the UEMS Council meeting in Granada, it was agreed that it would be important for Specialists Sections and Boards to possess certain guidelines regarding contents and formats of the UEMS European Training Requirements (ETRs) with the aim to promote the free movement of medical specialists while ensuring the highest possible level of medical training.

Most EU member states have their own training requirements based on their national needs and experience and in 54 specialties completion of the national programme allows medical specialists to have their specialist qualifications automatically recognized  in other EU Countries. At present (last update: December 2015) only 19 automatically recognized specialties do exist in all EU countries.

These guidelines aim to provide overall direction for the development of ETRs and they don't aim to be restrictive. Sections and Boards have been encouraged to use the principles of the guidelines and then tailor the development and writing of the ETRs in a way that matches the character and experience of their own Specialty.



7. ESR - European Society of Radiology


The European Society of Radiology (ESR) was founded in February 2005 by merging the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) and the European Association of Radiology (EAR), thus establishing a single house of radiology in Europe. It is an apolitical, non-profit organisation, dedicated to promoting and coordinating the scientific, philanthropic, intellectual and professional activities of Radiology in all European countries.


The Society's mission at all times is to serve the health care needs of the general public through the support of science, teaching and research and the quality of service in the field of Radiology. On August 17, 2017, ESR reached the record of 70.000 members and is now by far the biggest radiological society in the world.





Find ESR on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myesr/


ESR is a major partner of the UEMS/Section of Radiology and many national delegates hold some of the most important chairs.



ESR Board of Directors (2018):


Chairperson of the ESR Board of Directors: Prof. B. Hamm

President: Prof. L. E. Derchi

1st Vice-President: Prof. B. Brkljacic

2nd Vice-President: Prof. M. Fuchsjäger

You can find the full composition of the current ESR Executive Council in the attachments below.







ESR Education on Demand, the virtual library for educational contents in radiology has been renewed! Explore the new website here: https://cslide.ctimeetingtech.com/library/esr/home



ESR iGuide Portal

The ESR iGuide portal was launched during ECR 2018. It provides a stand-alone decision support solution for appropriate imaging using the ESR's imaging referral guidelines. Enabling users to consult the ESR's guidelines across 10 topic areas developed in cooperation with the American College of Radiology, the portal is available for free for ESR radiologist members, and for all individual users until September 30, 2018. ESR radiologist members will enjoy permanently free access via the MyUserArea. Other inviduals can sign up via the portal provider.


To access, please visit:






ESOR - European School of Radiology

ESOR - European School of Radiology - has been created in 2006 to fulfill the mission of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) in the field of education. The three main goals of ESOR are to assist in harmonising radiological education throughout Europe by supporting the adoption of the European Training Curriculum, to build a firm interest in subspecialisation in radiology and to raise standards in the field of scientific radiology, extending and coordinating teaching resources and helping young radiologists to achieve the knowledge and skills to fulfil tomorrow's requirements. Twelve years of continuous investment in radiology education have been marked by outstanding growth in a wide range of stratified modular activities, including foundation and advanced courses, seminars, preparatory courses for EDiR, scholarships and full one-year fellowships.


So far, ESOR has delivered structured continuing education to more than 19.500 residents and board-certified radiologists from all over the world. Over 50% of scholarships and exchange programmes for fellows are granted to applicants from Eastern Europe, CIS countries, Latin America, China, Middle East and Africa.


The European School of Radiology (ESOR) increased its presence in Latin America in 2017, as part of the European Society of Radiology's (ESR) wider mission to promote education and increase engagement with the region's radiological community. Since 2012 - for instance - ESOR has organised the ESOR AIMS Brazil courses, aimed at participants from Brazil, particularly final-year residents, board-certified radiologists and fellows. Additionally, each year, one ESOR Breast Imaging Fellowship in New York has been available exclusively for radiologists from Latin America. Next year, the fellowship will be available in the first half of the year. Furthermore, radiologists from Latin America are eligible to apply for exchange programmes for fellowships in European training centre.


For a complete list of courses available, please visit:







Watch the ECR 2017 video interview celebrating the anniversary of ESOR:



pdfEACCME 2 0 CRITERIA FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF LEE (updated September 2016).pdf
pdfEACCME 2.0 CRITERIA FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF ELM (updated September 2016).pdf
pdfUEMS2016.22 - EACCME 2.0 RECOGNITION.pdf
pdfACI accreditation figures, Monthly Report - September, 2016.pdf
pdfReport_ACI Survey_final.pdf

Last updated: Monday, April 09, 2018