EFS & ESSM Certified Psycho-Sexologist (ECPS)

The next ECPS exam will be held on...

23 January 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic

We are glad to announce that in 2020 the next Exam for 'EFS-ESSM CERTIFIED PSYCHO-SEXOLOGISTS' is supposed to be held directly before the annual ESSM Congress on the 23 January 2020 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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The candidate eligible to take the exam must demonstrate expertise in psycho-sexology and obtain proof of

  • Psychology degree or
  • Psychiatry degree or
  • MD degree with additional psychotherapy training


The EPSA committee has the responsibility to assess eligibility of applicants to take the exam, and the final decision for each applicant has to be approved by the majority of the committee members. All applicants will receive an answer concerning their eligibility to take the exam, approximately 30 days after the application deadline.

Candidates for the title 'EFS-ESSM Certified Psycho-Sexologist' should demonstrate competences reflecting the breadth of the curriculum, which is defined as follows:

  • Introduction to human sexuality
  • Issues of intimate relationships
  • Bio-psycho-social aspects of sexual development and the sexual response
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic methods in psychosexual therapy
  • Male sexual dysfunction
  • Female sexual dysfunctions
  • Medical conditions and their relation to sexual function
  • Other sexual disorders
  • Issues related to contraception and childbirth

Competency on the curriculum shall be assessed through a written exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions.

The ESSM and EFS Syllabus on Clinical Sexology (ed) Kirana P, Tripodi F, Reisman Y, Porst H :2013, Medix, Amsterdam is the preparation material endorsed by the EPSA. Candidates are advised to select additional preparation material, according to their own preferences and needs. It is the candidates' responsibility to choose the study materials that will best prepare them for the exam.

A list of suggested peer reviewed papers will soon be announced...

Also, an intensive 3 day preparation courses has been held just before the exam.

  1. Is the title 'EFS-ESSM Certified Psycho-Sexologist' accredited by national legislative authorities?
    Although this is a title that ensures that applicants are accredited by the two largest European scientific societies of sexual health, national authorities are not obliged to recognize the title.
  2. What is the duration of the exam?
    The duration is 3 hours for 100 MCQ questions.
  3. Is the exam only in English?
    Yes, the exam is in English language. For participants' convenience, book form dictionaries can be used during the exam.
  4. When will the results of the exam be published?
    The results will be available within 1 month after the exam.
  5. When will I know if my application form has been approved and I can take the exam?
    All applicants will receive an answer concerning their application approximately 30 days after the application deadline.
  6. What should I take care of in my application form?
    The application form is very important, because it should demonstrate your special interest and expertise in the field of psycho-sexology. Please take care in order to describe the breadth of your experience and training as fully as possible.
  7. What study preparation material is mandatory?
    No preparation material or course is mandatory. The EPSA committee may suggest the preparation course, the EFS and ESSM syllabus, as well as a list of peer reviewed papers, but neither is obligatory. These are endorsed by ESSM and EFS as suggested material.
  8.  Who can I contact for more information?
    For information concerning the exam process you may contact Evie Kirana (pskirana[at]gmail.com).

Graduates of the ECPS exam 2014 and 2016

Congratulations to all candidates who succeeded the first and second ECPS exam:

View List 2014

View List 2016

The EFS and ESSM Psycho-Sexology Accreditation Committee (EPSA Committee)

The EFS/ESSM Psycho-sexology Accreditation (E.P.S.A.) Committee was appointed by the ESSM and the EFS, on June 2013, in order to plan and implement the necessary procedures for the nomination of EFS-ESSM Certified Psycho-Sexologists.

The aim of the committee is to provide accreditation of professionals and of educational courses relative to psycho-sexology. The objectives are:

  1. To accredit educational programs in psycho-sexology
  2. To certify competent psycho-sexologists with mark of excellence and determine the eligibility criteria of exam candidates
  3. To promote psycho-sexologists in Europe

Written examinations for the nomination of EFS/ESSM certified psycho-sexologists have been implemented three times: in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

E.P.S.A. Full members

Full members of the E.P.S.A. have the duty to design, organize and implement tasks for the accreditation of psycho-sexologists and relevant educational courses. Essential characteristics of full members are: Outstanding contribution to the field, either by their executive actions, or through their long-lasting clinical experience and/ or academic background; preferably ECPS accredited.


  • (Chair) Evie Kirana, Psychologist (Greece)
  • Janico Georgiadis, Neuroscientist (The Netherlands)
  • Tilmann Krueger, Psychiatrist (Germany)
  • Lior Lowenstein, Gynecologist (Israel)
  • Yacov Reisman, Urologist (The Netherlands)
  • Francesca Tripodi, Psychologist (Italy)
  • Remziye Kunelaki, Psychologist (UK)
  • Xanthi Ntoni-Fynbo, Psychologist (Denmark)

E.P.S.A. honorary advisors

Honorary advisors are prominent scientists of international repute and high distinction that serve in advisory capacity to the E.P.S.A. committee. Their role is to provide advice to the committee on scientific and executive issues that come within their experience and expertise.

E.P.S.A. Associate Members

An Associate Member is someone that contributes to the objectives of E.P.S.A. by participating in projects that aim to facilitate the role of psycho-sexologists in Europe.

The Associate Member could be an EFS/ESSM certified psycho-sexologist (ECPS) that has demonstrated special interest in ESSM/ EFS educational activities or has had an active role within national or international societies and would like to be involved in the work of the E.P.S.A.

Associate members are assigned specific tasks under the supervision of full members. Such tasks may involve, for example, mapping of educational events relevant to sexology or the dissemination of information relative to the exam etc.

If you would like to become an associate member please let us know!

For further information please get in contact with

ESSM Secretariat

Chair of E.P.S.A. Committee

All information also available in pdf

ECPS Infoflyer 2020