ESGO Accreditation & Certifications

For Training in Gynaecological Oncology
and Ovarian Cancer Surgery Certifications

Get Your ESGO Certification
for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Surgery

The ESGO certification for advanced ovarian cancer surgery is an award attributed to institutions, which can offer patients the specific skills, experience, organization, and dedication that are required to achieve optimal levels of surgical care.


The ESGO certification is based on the completion of 10 quality indicators and a scoring system that has been designed and internally validated within the International Expert Panel.

Centres interested to get certified are required to:

  • Complete and meet the ESGO quality indicators.
  • Perform a minimum of ≥24 complete cytoreductive surgeries for advanced epithelial ovarian cancer per year and minimum 12 complete primary debulking surgeries yearly (secondary and tertiary surgeries for recurrences are not included). Please note that diagnostic and palliative surgery, recurrences, borderline tumors, non epithelial tumors, and stage I-II epithelial ovarian cancer are not taken into account.

Only centres that meet the above requirements can start the application process for the ESGO certification by filling out the Application and Self-assessment forms, along with the corresponding marks of the scoring system*.

* Quantitative data requires documentation of the data to be available, for example in a database.

Why get certified?

The centres receiving the ESGO certification will be entitled to:

  • Use the subtitle “ESGO certified center in advanced ovarian cancer surgery”

  • Use the ESGO logo in its ovarian cancer related communication

  • Be listed on the ESGO Guidelines website for patients’ and physicians’ reference

Application Process

Interested to apply for the ESGO certification in advanced ovarian cancer surgery?

Follow the below requirements and process:

1. Make sure that the number of complete advanced ovarian cancers operated during the last three calendar years is ≥24 per year. Also please make sure that the numer of complete primary debulking surgeries is ≥12 per year. Please note that diagnostic and palliative surgery, recurrences, borderline tumors, non epithelial tumors, and stage I-II epithelial ovarian cancer are not taken into account.

2. Provide :

  • Number of referred cases (N) during the last three years
  • Number of operated cases
  • Proportion of primary debulking surgeries in treatment naive patients
  • Proportion of complete cytoreduction at primary and interval surgery

An anonymised 3-year database including the above, plus pathology type and grade, FIGO stage and sub-stage, age, and performance status is mandatory.

3. Further provide:

  • Number of surgeries per surgeon per year
  • Documentation of clinical trials (NCT Number and recruitment numbers overall per year, and if available publication list)
  • Description of how complications are documented and quality management is performed

4. Fill out the below application and the self-assessment forms with scoring.

5. Send the forms to the ESGO Guidelines Secretariat, along with the administrative fee and commitment to cover possible audit expenses.

Need further information? Contact the ESGO Guidelines Secretariat

Certification fee
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