European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine

ESICM is the sole official provider of the European Diploma in Intensive Care (EDIC), its examinations and preparation.

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EDIC Objectives

The European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC) seeks to standardise education and training of quality intensive care across Europe and beyond. EDIC exams are meticulously developed and continuously updated to create standard exit exams which accurately reflect clearly-defined assessment goals and address the necessary skills, attitude, competencies and knowledge required for intensive care practice.

The awarding of a speciality exam in intensive care medicine (ICM) is a key component of ESICM’s education strategy, which aims to set a standard for entry into intensive care specialist practice in Europe. Many jurisdictions specify EDIC as a professional qualification in ICM and the increasing numbers sitting the exam also attests to its widening acceptance. Responsibility for the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC) belongs with the Examinations Committee.

The EDIC examinations are set out in two parts: Part I – the written exam and Part II – the oral/clinical case exam. The EDIC examination guidelines will provide you with information about the exam, as well as the requirements needed to sit the exam.

Exam dates

Autumn Session 2022

EDIC Part I: Sept. 19, 2022 (fully booked)
EDIC Part II: Nov. 9-10, 2022 (fully booked)

Spring Session 2023

EDIC Part I: Apr. 4, 2023 
EDIC Part II: May 23-24, 2023


Spring Session 2023

Information about the registrations for Spring 2023 will be published in the coming weeks.

For all queries: EDIC Secretariat.

Registration Process


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How to prepare
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Part I


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Part II


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How to Become an EDIC Part II Examiner

The successes of the EDIC exams to date are primarily due to the diligent, hard working support of a network of inspired people helping to make EDIC a relevant and necessary test of the knowledge and clinical skills of candidates who intend to work in intensive care.

If you are interested in becoming an examiner for the EDIC Part II exam, these are our criteria for acceptance:

  • To be an ESICM member
  • To be a successful holder of the EDIC diploma or of other comparable postgraduate specialist certification in Intensive Care Medicine
  • To be an established specialist in current practice Intensive Care Medicine with broad acceptability among national peers and practising in Europe
  • To have an established track record in post-graduate training in Intensive Care Medicine in Europe
  • To be trained as an examiner in Intensive Care Medicine or other post-graduate medical disciplines in Europe

After acceptance, you will be invited to formally observe an EDIC Part II exam centre and subsequently be recommended by the Exam Centre Director. You will be considered as an EDIC Part II examiner after being an examiner for three consecutive years.

If you are interested in participating as an examiner for EDIC II, please forward a brief email (and the following documents) to the EDIC Secretariat. Please ensure you include your completed application form, a short CV and copy of your diploma in Intensive Care Medicine.

Contact Us
For all queries about EDIC, please e-mail the EDIC Secretariat.