Cookies Policy

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when our website collects personal information. It applies to information we collect about our visitors, and those who log in to our website.

How we use your information

Our website uses cookies which allow us to monitor the use of the RCPath website. This is for general purposes only and the information we gather cannot be used to identify you as an individual. We also use a number of third party tools to display content (Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, ShareThis and Soundcloud), and Google Analytics to provide us with further analysis on how our users are accessing our content. These tools all place cookies on your computer.

By using this website you consent to the processing of data by Google Analytics, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, ShareThis and Soundcloud. If you do not want these sites to collect your data, follow the instructions below to block specific cookies – though please note that your experience on our website may be impaired as a result.

About cookies

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Why are cookies needed?

Cookies make websites work better. For example, when you add an item to your shopping cart on the Amazon website, the contents of the shopping cart are stored in the cookie. When you log into a webmail service such as Hotmail or gmail, a cookie is generated that confirms you are logged in. When you log off the cookie is deleted. This means if someone goes back to your webmail address on your computer, you will still be logged out – and they won’t be able to read your emails.

I don’t consent to the use of cookies – what can I do?

If you want to turn off cookies for a particular website or tool, you can do so yourself using your browser settings. You can do this for one site or several sites – although it’s important to note that your experience of the website may be impaired because data is no longer being captured about your interactions.

For Chrome

For Firefox

For Internet Explorer

What cookies does RCPath use?

RCPath uses cookies to help manage your experience on our website – for example, making sure you can stay logged out on your shared computer or ensuring you can log in to our CPD portfolio. We also use Google Analytics to record visits to our website, and a number of third party tools to display content.

Cookies are used to collect information on our users in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting this website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

The list below explains the cookies we use and why. Each cookie is listed by name, along with what it is used for and how long it is set to last.

Full details of cookies on our site

Helps to run

Cookie name



The RCPath website

cfid, cftoken

This is a sessions cookie, giving access to the website

10 years, estimated

The RCPath website JSESSIONID

Used in session tracking

Current session only

The RCPath website and our CPD portal ID

Used for Single Sign On endpoint for the CPD external system value: ID of a logged in member. If cookie does not exist: the member will not able to access to CPD external system. It is automatically created when member logged in to RCPath website.

Current session only

The RCPath website and our CPD portal SID

Used for Single Sign On endpoint for the CPD external system. Value: encrypted validation key. If cookie does not exist the member will not be able to access to CPD external system. It is automatically created when member logged in to RCPath

Current session only
Google Analytics tracking















Used by Google to gather anonymised information about your site visits.  See Google developer's guide
Twitter widgets external_referer, lang, eu_cn, _ga, _gat_a, _gat_b, _twitter_sess, pid, auth_token, remember_checked_on, kdt, guest_id Used by Twitter to collect usage information, on pages with our Twitter widget. See Twitter developer's guide
ShareThis buttons __stid, __stgmap, __stamap, __stdlxmap, __stacxiommap, __uset, optimizelySegments, optimizelyEndUserId, optimizelyBuckets, ajs_user_id, ajs_group_id, ajs_anonymous_id Used by ShareThis to collect usage information, on pages with ShareThis button. See ShareThis website
YouTube videos FML,demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox,dkv, recently_watched_video_id_list,PREF,ACTIVITY Used by to collect usage information, where we share a YouTube video as an embedded link. See Google website
Vimeo videos

__utmt, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, last_page, has_seen_upgrade, _abexps, optimizelyEndUserId, optimizelyBuckets, optimizelySegments, vuid, player, clips

Used by Vimeo to collect usage information, set when we share a Vimeo video as an embedded link. See Vimeo website
Sound Cloud players __utmt, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, sc_anonymous_id, __qca, remember_me_flag, _soundcloud_session, __ar_v4 Used by Sound Cloud to collect usage information, on pages where the Sound Cloud widget is used. See Soundcloud website

Changes to the Cookie Policy

This cookie policy was last updated on 11 May 2018. The College reserves the right to vary this policy from time to time. Such variations become effective on posting on this website. Your subsequent use of this website or submission of personal information to the College will be deemed to signify your acceptance to the variations.