EDAIC - a guide for overseas anaesthetics doctors

  • November 05, 2021

In this article we look in more detail at an alternative route for overseas Anaesthetists looking to work in the UK – the European Diploma of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC).

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) from any country in the world can sit the EDAIC examinations, provided certain eligibility criteria are met. These are summarised below along with a broad look at the following topics:

What is EDAIC?

EDAIC is a multilingual, end-of-training, two-part examination covering the relevant basic sciences and clinical subjects appropriate for a specialist in anaesthesiology. 

Doctors with full EDAIC will simply require a pass in IELTS or OET for full GMC registration with a license to practice in the UK.

The questions are set against the Syllabus for Anaesthetic and Intensive Care training, set by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

The exams aim to assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Basic sciences relevant to anaesthesiology & intensive care
  • Clinical Anaesthesiology inc. obstetrics, anaesthesia & analgesia
  • Resuscitation & emergency medicine 
  • Intensive care 
  • Management of chronic pain

To find out what grade a successful completion of full EDAIC will allow you to work as in the UK contact your IMG consultant for more information. 

Content and structure of EDAIC:

EDAIC comprises of two mandatory components: 

  • Part 1 – two multiple choice question papers
  • Part 2 – oral examination

In addition, there are two optional components:

  • On-line Assessment (OLA) – computer based online test
  • In-training Assessment (ITA) – multiple choice question paper

Part 1 Examination:

Pat 1 of EDAIC consists of two multiple-choice papers, each with sixty questions. Each paper is two hours in duration.

Paper A concentrates on the basic sciences of Anaesthesia.

Paper B concentrates on internal and emergency medicine, general, regional & special anaesthesia including pain and intensive care medicine.

Part 2 Examination:

Part 2 is held over one day and consists of four 25-minute oral examinations that each embrace the same range of basic sciences and clinical subjects covered in Part 1.

The oral examinations consist of ‘Guided Questions’ -where candidates are given a brief written presentation 10 minutes before meeting the examiners. 

Two of the examinations will concentrate on basic sciences whilst the other two on clinical topics. 

X-rays, CT Scans, MRI and Ultrasound images are also used during the oral examinations.

Am I eligible?

Eligibility for EDAIC Part 1 simply requires a medical degree. 

Eligibility for Part 2 requires: 

  • a pass in EDAIC Part 1


  • certification in anaesthesia in any country 


Please note the following exceptions:

  • If you graduated as a specialist in Pakistan, you must have the FCPS or equivalent to be eligible for EDAIC Part 2.  

Diplomas in anaesthesiology issued in Pakistan and with a curriculum of a shorter duration than FCPS (such as MCPS) can be accepted for EDAIC Part 1, not Part 2.

Holders of FCPS (or equivalent) are not exempt from EDAIC Part 1.

  • Holders of the FRCA or FCAI / FCARCSI are exempt from Part 1 examination. 

Dates, Fees and Venues for the EDAIC examinations:



Exam Dates & Venues

EDAIC Part 1

€340 (inc. 1-year ESA membership)

*Part 1 reduced fee €150 (inc. 1-year ESA membership)

EDAIC Part 1 – full list of dates, venues can be found here

EDAIC Part 2

€550 first attempt

€340 following attempts

(€650 for Part 2 Brazil – Sao Paulo)

EDAIC Part 1 – full list of dates, venues can be found here

On-line Assessment


EDAIC OLA – full list of dates, venues can be found here

In-training Assessment


EDAIC ITA – full list of dates, venues can be found here

Authentication of EDAIC by external institution



Total (at first attempt)


€900 reduced fee*


Part 1 registration fee will include a free 1-year ESA membership which starts on 1st January of the year following registration for Part 1 Exam. 

Please note, those applying for Part 1 examination in a country where the exam is mandatory or has official recognition (Argentina, Austria, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, Netherlands and Turkey) AND who are registered on the national medical register of said country, are entitled to a reduced Part 1 fee. 

This also includes 1-year free ESA membership.

How should I prepare for the examinations and what resources are available?

We have discussed this at length with IMGs who have recently passed the exam. With so much material available for free on the European Society of Anaesthesiology website we suggest the following as a great foundation for your preparations. 

ESA offers several supporting tools to help candidates prepare for the European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC) Part I and Part II Examinations, including:


EDAIC aims at covering the Syllabus to Postgraduate Training Programme of the European Board of Anaesthesiology. 

We recommend getting to know the curriculum as early as possible and using it as a road map for your study plan. 

Diploma Guide

The EDAIC diploma guide includes information on regulations, structure and various sample examination papers and example report forms. 

The Basic Sciences Anaesthetic Course (BSAC): 

This is a 3-day course, aimed at improving your understanding of different areas of basic science. Register here. 

ESA E-Learning Platform: 

This includes helpful E-Learning modules to help you prepare for examinations, go to the ESA Academy to start your learning. 

EDAIC Webinars: 

The ESA have created a series of webinars to support your learning, these can be accessed on the eLearning platform

On-line Assessment (OLA) and In-training Assessment (ITA): 

You can use these helpful tools (On-Line Assessment (OLA) and In-Training Assessment (ITA)) to test your knowledge and identify which subjects require further study. 

Sample questions: 

The ESA have created sample questions in different languages to help you prepare for all sections of the EDAIC exams: 

Part 1

Part 2

Please note, the links above provide these sample questions in English. All other languages can be found here.

Part 2 explainer video: 

This is a useful sample exam video, helping you understand what to expect on the day so you can focus on the task at hand. 

The ESA have also produced a guide to preparing for your exam and a recommended reading list to support the curriculum. 

Passed? What next?

First of all, congratulations! Once you have passed both parts of your EDAIC examination you can apply for a full registration with a license to practice. Once the GMC have approved your application, you can work as a doctor in the UK. 

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