About the College

Our vision

Developing and supporting excellence in pathology for healthcare across the world.

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology. It is a body of its Fellows, Affiliates and trainees, supported by the staff who are based at the College's London offices.

The College is a charity with over 11,000 members worldwide. The majority of members are doctors and scientists working in hospitals and universities in the UK.

The College oversees the training of pathologists and scientists working in 17 different specialties, which include cellular pathology, haematology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology.

Although some pathologists work in laboratories, many work directly with patients in hospitals and the community. Together they are involved in the majority of all diagnoses, as well as playing an important role in disease prevention, treatment and monitoring. If you have ever had a blood test, cervical smear or tissue biopsy, a pathologist will have been involved in your care.

Membership

The College offers a comprehensive variety of benefits to support your professional life and to maintain the correct standards of the specialty. Belonging to the College strengthens its ability to act on behalf of all pathologists.

Become a member

How can I get involved at the College

Annual reports 

We take a look at our activities in and outside of the UK, explore our efforts to engage and influence both the public and key political stakeholders and meet an array of award-winning members. 

Annual report 2020-2021

The patient case studies highlight the difference pathologists make to the lives of patients, whether it is diagnosing rare diseases or using their expertise to provide bereaved families with answers.