BROK® examination


Registration for the BROK® examination takes place via Elevate Health. At the start of the examination, the examination candidates must report to the supervisor with valid proof of identity (passport, driving licence or ID card).

Examination form

The examination is administered via the computer. Candidates may only consult information from the entire eBROK® environment during the examination. The forum may not be used, however. Only other websites directly linked from the eBROK® environment may be consulted during the examination. Every examination consists of 60 questions relating to various activities within human scientific research. It includes multiple choice and multiple select questions.

For the costs of the BROK examination, see the eBROK.

Attainment and Test Targets

The BROK® examination is based on Attainment and Test Targets (ATT). These ATT were drawn up by the BROK® committee, which includes representatives from the Dutch UMCs (BROK coordinators), with the NFU (Netherlands Federation of UMCs) as umbrella organisation. The ATT document is intended to provide insight into the themes and topics on which questions can be asked in the examination.

Click here to see the Attainment and Test Targets for the BROK® examination.

Time duration

Candidates are given a maximum of two hours (120 minutes) to take the examination.

Demo examination

Look here for an impression of how the examination works.

Questions and score

The examination uses two types of questions: multiple choice questions and multiple response. For every question, a candidate can score a total of 60 points. The total number of points scored by the candidate is divided by the maximum number of points possible for the entire examination. This yields a percentage that represents the particular candidate’s score for the examination.
A score of 80% or higher means that the candidate has passed, in the examination committee’s view.

Certificate and register

Successful candidates are sent a certificate. These candidates are also included in the national register on the NFU’s website, unless the candidate has submitted an objection to this per email.

As of 1 January 2020, the qualification based on the BROK® certificate is valid for a period of 3 years.

A candidate must keep up with updates and news reports (continuous learning) in Elevate Health’s eBROK® environment in order to be granted an extension of his/her BROK® registration. If this has not been done (sufficiently), the candidate will no longer be listed in the BROK® register and he/she will have to take the examination again in order to be registered.

Resit of examination

You can register for a resit of the BROK® examination via the eBROK® environment of Elevate Health.

BROK Examination Regulations

Download the full examination regulations for the BROK examination here.

Complaints and objections

In the event of complaints about how the examination took place, contact must be made with EMWO within four (4) days after completion of the examination. Only complaints that have been sent to info@emwo.nl by email will be handled. An appropriate solution will be found in consultation with the location.

Letter of objection
If you feel that you have been disadvantaged in relation to any part of the examination, you can submit an objection to EMWO within four (4) weeks after the result is announced. This involves an administrative fee of €10.00. You can only lodge an objection using the objection form. An objection form will only be handled if there is an unsatisfactory result. You will receive feedback by email on the objection you submitted. If your objection is declared well-founded, you will be refunded the administration costs and your result will be amended.

If you do not wish to submit an objection (e.g., because amendment of your result if the objection is declared well-founded will not yield a percentage of at least 80% (BROK®)), but you do have feedback on the content of the examination, you can send an email to info@emwo.nl.
Your comments will be documented and assessed by the editorial committee. This may result in an improvement in the examination in future. You will not receive any feedback on this, nor will your result be amended.

Click here to submit your letter of objection.

After receipt of your letter of objection and payment, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation email. You will then receive an email from the EMWO secretary notifying you whether your objection will be handled by the editorial committee. If your objection is being handled, the decision will follow by email within six (6) weeks.

During the handling of the letter of objection, you can register for a resit of the particular examination. If you decide to resit the examination before a decision has been taken on the objection submitted, the examination costs will not be refunded if the objection is declared well-founded and you have passed.

Appeal Committee

If the outcome of the objection proves unsatisfactory, there is the possibility for a candidate to, within four (4) weeks, lodge a written appeal. The decision of the NFU’s Central Appeal Committee is binding for both the objector and EMWO.

Appeal in relation to BROK Examination
Candidates for the BROK examination can contact the NFU’s Central Appeal Committee by sending an email to nfu@nfu.nl.