Dr Geoff Smith, Lead Specialist and Exam Board Chair

The Specialty Certificate in Gastroenterology will become the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology from 2018

The SCE, co-run by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians and the BSG, is a compulsory part of the accreditation process for the Completion of Training in the UK. It is designed to test knowledge of the Curriculum, helping to ensure a safe standard of practice.

Over the last 4 years the BSG, the European Section and Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Federation have worked to develop a joint exam and this is now mandated in the Netherlands and Switzerland as well as in the UK.

In October 2017 the GMC approved the change to a single exam, identical across the UK, Europe and the rest of the World, with the first sitting in April 2018. The style, content and curriculum upon which the exam is based will remain unchanged from that of the SCE and resulting qualification will also remain unchanged.

The exam will continue to a computer-based test hosted by Pearson Vue.

2018 examination

The key dates for the Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology will be:

  • application period of 27th December 2017 - 31st March 2018
  • examination date 18th April 2018


  • The Fee will remain £665 for UK trainees