Certification Residency Training Programme in Urology

As part of efforts to standardise urological training in Europe, the EBU Certification Committee certifies basic training programmes in urology. After this initiative was first introduced in 1994, the title “EBU Certified Centre” has now become a distinctive measure of quality control. The EBU conducts an objective evaluation of the Residency Training Programme in Urology (RTPU).

This process brings many benefits to the training programme: It enables the centres to gain insight into how consistent their standards are throughout the years and which areas need further improvement. The certification is based on the application, and on the site visit of the department during which the residents and teaching staff are interviewed.

Benefits

  • Residents trained at an EBU-certified training centre can benefit from the quality control procedure since it reflects the high standards maintained by a centre.
  • Participating centres are part of a growing number of institutions across Europe that aim to implement best practices in healthcare in a consistent and transparent manner.
  • Certified centres attract (inter)national residents interested in high-quality training.

Criteria and Guidelines

  • The urology training programme has a minimum duration of five years.
  • The urology training programme must meet national standards as defined by the national official organisations. 
  • For a five-year certification the training programme must cover the EBU urology curriculum.

The certification procedure is outlined in the Criteria & Guidelines (PDF). Centres situated in UEMS/EBU member countries are eligible for certification.

UEMS/EBU Member Countries
Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Certification procedure
The certification procedure consists of several steps:

  • Online blinded evaluation EBU Certification Committee.
  • Review of the application at the EBU Certification Committee meeting.
  • If the application is assessed positively, the centre is evalated by a team of two committee members during a one-day site visit.
  • If positively assessed during the site visit, EBU Certification is granted. Depending on the results, certification for either 3 or 5 years is granted.  
  • A letter confirming the certification status is forwarded to the applicant. When applicable, the committee will give recommendations on further improvement.

The EBU issues a Certificate of Accreditation. The centre's details are published on the EBU website.

Required information/documentation

  • Online application.
  • Written training programme in English.
  • A copy of the national RTPU Accreditation Certificate.
  • List of publications 2015-2016.
  • EBU logbook of all residents covering the entire training period.

Fees

  • Application: EUR 300.
  • Certification: EUR 1.500.
  • Re-certification: EUR 1.000. Applicable for EBU Certified Centres which submit a new application before the end of the current certification term.  

Application deadlines

  • 1 March
  • 1 September

Application

Click here to access the EBU online application system. Sign up and select the option "RTPU Certification".