The European Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (EBCFPRS) was founded in 2013 with a clear mission: to strengthen the quality of facial plastic surgery accessible to the European public by rigorously assessing the qualifications of aspiring surgeons against recognized standards.
Among the core endeavors of the EBCFPRS is the administration of the European Board Exam in Facial Plastic Surgery. This two-day exam is annually hosted in Hohenkammer, Germany in collaboration with the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).
Questions undergo thorough field testing and are selected only when they have shown an accurate correlation with expert knowledge. The oral part of the exam is conducted by senior examiners from both Europe and the United States. Over a three-hour period, candidates are presented with a total of 12 case scenarios. To ensure fairness and the utmost reliability of the exam results, senior board examiners have a full day training sesion prior to the exam, to ensure maximum fairness and reliability of the exam results. Both the written and the oral results are subject to rigorous quality control.
The exam constitutes only one part of the certification process. Candidates, pursuing either the regular or the fellow track, are required to submit 100 relevant surgical cases within a span of 2 years (50 per year). This surgical experience, as well as all other requirements is reviewed by expert board members. After all requirements are met, successful candidates are provided with a certificate and the title of “EBCFPRS Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon“.