An Introduction to the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG)
EBCOG’s aim is to improve the health of women and unborn and newborn babies by promoting the
highest possible standards of care. EBCOG’s core activities are education and training. We work with
subspecialties, special interest societies, trainees and European interest groups to achieve this. We
work closely with the European trainees’ organisation, ENTOG and offer fellowships together
EBCOG consists of four Officers, an Executive Committee and Council which is made up of two
national delegates from each of our member countries. Council, with its 36 member countries, is the
decision-making body of EBCOG.
EBCOG’s Main Activities
Standards of Care
As part of our focus on quality assurance and patient safety, EBCOG has produced two sets of
Standards of Care for Women’s Health; one for Obstetric and Neonatal Services and one for
Gynaecology Services. These documents were officially launched in the European Parliament in
In 2015, EBCOG met with the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, who said that he
and his Cabinet would engage with EBCOG to explore how the Commission and EBCOG could
support each other to achieve a mutual vision of equitable, safe, efficient and sustainable healthcare
systems in the EU.
In 2015, at the request of WHO, EBCOG agreed to discuss sexual and reproductive health (SRH),
maternal mortality and child health with the European Commission with regard to prioritising them as
part of EU policy.
In August 2015, FIGO agreed that EBCOG should act as a representative for obstetrics and
gynaecology in relation to the WHO Regional Office for Europe. EBCOG took part in the Regional
Consultation on the development of the European Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health
and Rights (SRHR) 2017–2021.
Along with WHO, UNFPA gave EBCOG a grant to translate the EBCOG Standards of Care into
Russian. These documents were translated by the UNFPA and the Russian Society of Ob/Gyn,
which is a member of EBCOG. EBCOG has also designed and delivered courses in SRH in this
One of EBCOG’s priorities is to promote the introduction of visiting in those countries which do not have
a national visiting system. EBCOG carries out visits to departments which request a visit. If appropriate,
these departments are normally accredited for a 5 year period. A Subspecialty subcommittee is, together
with the subspecialties, responsible for organising and conducting subspecialist visits.
The purpose of the examination is to assess the level of competency of candidates regarding their
knowledge and judgement, although skills and attitude are also evaluated. This approach supports the
free movement of quality assured specialists across borders within Europe.
Standing Committee on Training and Assessment (SCTA)
The SCTA has produced a new European Curriculum PACT and log books for both specialist and
subspecialist training as well as recommendations for ‘Training the Trainers (TTT)’. EBCOG runs regular
TTT courses. The implementation of a pan European curriculum will create a workforce with comparable
skills and training to ensure patient safety.
EBCOG’s Position Statements are published on the web site and in the European Journal of
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology which is now the official Journal of EBCOG.
These are intended to be used as formal statements on issues of public health in Europe.
EBCOG is the official representative of European Obstetricians and Gynaecologists within FIGO. A
representative of FIGO also sits on the EBCOG Executive Committee and Council. EBCOG was invited
to contribute on the FIGO Working Party for the 2021 World Congress in Sydney.
European Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The European Congress takes place every two years. The next European Congress in 2020 will take
place in Bergen and the 2022 Congress will be held in Krakow.