EFS & ESSM Certified Psycho-Sexologist

The European Federation of Sexology (EFS) and the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) collaborate in order to provide competency certification to individual psycho-sexologists from around the world.

This procedure was initiated in 2014, and is carried out once in every two years.

Important Dates

Exam Date: February 2022

Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Application Deadline: Fall 2021

Further Information and Application

The application system will be available in summer 2021.

Who can apply

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


  • Post graduate training in sexology (providing certificate) including relevant supervised experience of at least 2 years.
    Providing 2 letters of recommendation according to preformat. Download letter of recommendation.

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 to be answered in 3 hrs.

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.

The intensive 3 day’s ESSM Preparation Courses are held directly before the exam day. For more information please click here.

E.P.S.A. 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:

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

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)

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.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The duration is 3 hours for 100 MCQ questions.

Yes, the exam is in English language. For participants’ convenience, book form dictionaries can be used during the exam.

The results will be available within 1 month after the exam.

All applicants will receive an answer concerning their application approximately 30 days after the application deadline.

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.

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.