No. All curricula and examinations are approved separately by the GMC.
We are still working on the project aspect of the FRCPath with the GMC. For the time being, and until further notice, trainees are still required to complete the project as a requirement for completing the FRCPath. The current FRCPath guidance on the website is still correct and trainees should continue to adhere to this guidance.
The guidance is based on the GMC transitional guidance which outlines how the curriculum transition should happen. The College only has two years to transition trainees to a new curriculum. The CCT date of 31July 2023 is based on the release date of the new curriculum which was implemented from August 2021.
Written guidance will be available in due course. Also, instructional videos will be made available later this year. The new platform is very similar to the previous platform in appearance, however, the new platform is even more user-friendly with additional new functionalities.
In the new transitional curriculum/2021 curriculum there are no stages anymore.
Regarding the projects, the advice is to follow the guidance that is already available on the website. Trainees need to ensure that they get their project proposal agreed as soon as possible and start working on your project. The College cannot confirm Fellowship until both the FRCPath Part 2 exam, and the project has approved. If the project will not be approved until after the expected CCT date, then the CCT date will have to be extended as a result.
Guidance will be provided about this for the new curriculum but for trainees completing their training on the Chemical Pathology (Metabolic Medicine) curricula, they should continue to follow the existing guidance.
If a trainee’s provisional CCT date is around 1st or 2nd August 2023, the College will allow some flexibility as to whether the trainee is required to transfer curriculum. The trainee/educational supervisor should contact the College Training Department (email@example.com) to discuss further prior to confirming arrangements.
The new curriculum for Chemical Pathology incorporates both Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine and therefore indicative guidance will be the same for all trainees. It will be ensured that for trainees moving over, there will be indicative guidance for clinics.
For those completing training on the 2010 curriculum, it should be completed it within the rules of that curriculum and ARCP derogation guidance.
Trainees who have spent additional time in Stage C while waiting to complete their FRCPath Part 2 examination may, if they are on track to complete their training satisfactorily, spend reduced time in Stage D (a minimum of six months), and/or may accumulate evidence of competences during an acting up position within a defined training and development plan. Six months is the minimum period allowable for Stage D in order to ensure that trainees have been able to obtain suitable competencies in independent reporting prior to the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and taking up a consultant post. Please see the ARCP derogation guidance for further information.
A PhD/MD thesis or equivalent may be submitted, together with confirmation of the award from the relevant university, as an option for the Part 2 examination in Clinical Biochemistry, Genetics, Haematology Clinical Science, Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, Immunology, Molecular Pathology, Reproductive Science and Toxicology.
A thesis submitted as part of the Part 2 examination in any specialty should normally have been awarded during, or immediately before entering, training in the specialty and must demonstrate an ability to make use of laboratory and/or clinical techniques that are of relevance to the specialty.
Candidates should first submit the PhD/MD abstract, along with a full CV, for assessment of its suitability for the Part 2. Once the abstract is approved, candidates will need to submit confirmation of the award from the relevant university, a completed application form, and one copy of the thesis if requested.
Candidates are advised to submit the abstract as soon as possible after registering for the Part 1 examination, to ensure that, should it not be acceptable, there is sufficient time to plan and undertake a dissertation.
Yes. On retirement from remunerative practice members can apply for a waiver of annual subscriptions. Please email the Membership Department who will send you the relevant documents. Please note: If you are required to continue with your CPD your full fee is still payable.
Yes. Please complete the replacement certificate request form, and return it to the Membership Department, along with your payment details (sterling cheque or credit card). We charge a fee of £50 for replacement certificates.
Your certificate will be presented to you at our awards ceremony for new fellows. If you are not attending the ceremony, your fellowship certificate will be posted to you shortly after the ceremony. Please ensure that your initial fellowship fee has been paid and we hold your correct address details.
Yes. We can confirm that you are a member of the College, and if applicable, we can also confirm that you are a participant in our continuing professional development scheme. Please note: your permission may be sought to enable us to release this information and any unpaid fees on your part will delay the process.
Following a recent survey of our UK members, it was found that post-nominals were valued by the membership and the College is keen to ensure that we listen to our members and respond to their needs where we can. Anyone who is eligible to take up Diplomateship of the College will be entitled to use DipRCPath after their name for as long as they remain a Diplomate of the College.
The following groups are eligible to become Diplomates of the College:
Anyone who has passed the FRCPath Part 1 examination. This includes current Associates and those who have chosen not to become a member so far.
Anyone who has passed the Certificate exams in Medical Genetics and the Combined Infection Certificate Examination (CICE).
Biomedical Scientists who have passed the Advanced Specialist Diploma in one of the following:
and are members of the Institute of Biomedical Scientists at the time of applying for Diplomateship.
Please note that Diplomateship will be automatically offered to any individual who passes one of the exams in the above three categories from now on. Candidates who pass the FRCPath Part 1 or relevant Certificate examinations will receive notification of this with their pass letter from the College.
If you have passed the FRCPath Part 1 prior to Autumn 2018 and are already an Associate, you will be given the option to become a Diplomate with the subscriptions renewal.
If you pass the FRCPath Part 1 in the Autumn 2018 session, you will automatically be offered Diplomateship.
If you have previously passed the FRCPath Part 1 or Certificate examinations (in Medical Genetics/Combined Infection) and are not currently a member of the College, please email Diplomate@rcpath.org with your enquiry. If you are eligible, you will be sent an RCPath consent form to complete and return along with payment following which Diplomateship will be confirmed. The College is aiming to contact individuals in this group in early 2019.
If you have passed an Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) from the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), you must submit the following to the College:
Letter/certificate confirming a pass in the relevant ASD examination
Evidence of current membership of the IBMS
Once the letter/certificate and evidence of current IBMS membership has been verified, you will be sent an RCPath consent form to complete and return along with payment. Diplomateship will be confirmed upon ratification by Council.
The deadlines for submission of evidence for IBMS members is as follows:
Friday 18 January for February Council
Friday 12 April for May Council
Friday 12 July for August Council
Friday 18 October for November Council
All enquiries can be sent to Diplomateship@rcpath.org. If you are writing to the College, please contact the Membership Department at our new address:
The Royal College of Pathologists
6 Alie Street
The College has a policy of only charging Registered Trainees one fee for the duration of their training.
The full list of benefits for Diplomates is listed above. There is information about the benefits of being a Registered Trainee here - please see `StR Guidance Notes ST2 onwards`.
If you choose to become a Diplomate, you will continue to be recognised as a Registered Trainee while you maintain Diplomateship status with the College and you will be able to use the post-nominal DipRCPath until you pass FRCPath and become a Fellow.