European Standards in Medical Training

Thanks to the support of its Specialist Sections and European Boards, the UEMS contributed significantly to the improvement of PGT especially through the development of European Curriculum in each medical specialties as well as the elaboration of Training Standards.

Back in 1994, the UEMS adopted its "Charter on Training of Medical Specialists" with an aim to outline the guiding principles for high level Medical Training.

Made up of six chapters, this Charter set the basis for the European approach in the field of Post Graduate Training. With five chapters being common to all specialties, this Charter provided a sixth chapter, known as “Chapter 6”, that each Specialist Section was to complete according to the specific needs of their discipline.

Over the last twenty years, the UEMS Specialist Sections, European Boards, Divisions and MJCs have continued working on developing these European Standards in Medical training that reflects modern medical practice and current scientific findings. In doing so, the UEMS Specialist Sections and European Boards did not aim to supersede the National Authorities' competence in defining the content of postgraduate training in their own State but rather to complement these and ensure that high quality training is provided across Europe.

For the sake of transparency and coherence, the "Chapter 6" has been renamed as “Training Requirements for the Specialty of X”. This document aims to provide the basic Training Requirements for each specialty and should be regularly updated by UEMS Specialist Sections and European Boards to reflect scientific and medical progress.

Please find here the template structure and timeline for ETRs, as well as the Terms of Reference.

You will also find here the Practical Approach to Addressing Overlapping Knowledge and Competencies in ETRs.

UEMS European Training Requirements adopted by UEMS Council :