Fellowship Elevation (FIAC)


After two years of medical membership in the IAC, applicants are eligible to sit for the International Board of Cytopathology. This voluntary examination is a comprehensive examination in all  aspects of cytology and gives cytopathologists the opportunity to test their abilities in their field of practice.

Mandatory Requirements

Medical membership (MIAC) of at least 2 (two) years in the IAC

The fee is Euro 450 and can be paid online or by Euro bank transfer. Please ask the central office if you require an invoice.

Please Note: IAC Membership or Fellowship does not circumvent the regulations of licensing agencies of individual countries. Before seeking employment in another country it is advisable to check the national regulations.

Two letters of recommendation. From colleagues or superiors in the medical profession who can recommend your character and professional standards. These can be sent directly by email to the central office.

Successful candidates receive a certificate of the IAC International Board of Cytopathology. They are also invited to become Fellow of the International Academy of Cytology for the duration of their membership in the IAC. Find the next examination date in our Examination Schedule.

Examination Details

The examination consists of a written, a visual and a practical (microscopic slide) test. All questions are multiple choice.

Languages available are English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

A microscope is provided for the examination. The appropriate area of each glass-slide is marked.

The examination for the International Board of Cytopathology is generally given approximately six to eight times each year worldwide. Due to current Corona restrictions the examination sites are reduced.

There are approximately 80 written questions, 80 projected image questions and 30 microscopic slides and lasts approximately six hours.

The test is comprehensive and covers all body sites. (For example: Gynecologic, Urine, sputum, fluids and
fine needle aspirations of multiple organs).

Major emphasis lies on personal experience. Practice in cytopathology of all body sites on a regular basis should serve as sufficient preparation for the exam. There is no practice material available.

How to Apply

You can download the PDF-Application Form here. Please complete accordingly and include:


  • Indication for your chosen Exam date. (Exam schedule)
  • Sponsorship signatures of two Members or Fellows of the academy
  • Your signature on page 4
  • Completed application forms can be sent as PDF-Files to centraloffice@cytology-iac.org (It is recommended to use E-Mail due to COVID-19 restrictions for airmail.)
  • The examination Fee is 450€. If you are unable to attend or the examination is cancelled, the fee can be refunded.
    (Go here to payment page)

download application form

You can alternatively send us the application via airmail at the following address:

The International Academy of Cytology
Office of the Secretary
Fernando Schmitt, MD, PhD, FIAC
Wilhelmstraße 24a – Hinterhaus
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau