Yes, the College membership fee is a tax deductible expense if you are a UK tax payer and eligible for full tax relief. This could save you between 20% and 40% of your fees and you can make a retrospective claim within 4 years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money. Further information about how to claim tax relief is available on the gov.uk website.
Subscription fees can be paid by direct debit, credit/ debit card or cheque.
Direct Debit: Members can pay by annual direct debit which will be collected in February each year. We also offer direct debit over 10 equal monthly instalments from February to November inclusive, subject to an additional £10 charge per annum. Please specify on the direct debit mandate form whether you want the annual or monthly option:
Sterling cheque: cheques should be made payable to 'The Royal College of Pathologists'. Please write your membership number and full name on the back of your cheque to ensure the payment is correctly allocated to your record.
For security reasons, please do not send any financial or card information by email. Please post completed forms to the address on the form.
Yes. Email receipts for membership fees (subscriptions), event bookings, exams and training fees can be obtained through our website. Once logged in, go to the transaction history page within My RCPATH, find the payment you are looking for and click ‘Email receipt’. The receipt will be emailed to your main correspondence email address.
You can claim a 20% reduction if you are a UK Fellow paying the full rate, and you are earning less than £50,000 per annum before tax. If you believe that you would be eligible for this discount please contact the membership department for info.
If you are on maternity leave, or about to go on maternity leave and wish to claim a reduction on your subscription fee, please contact the membership department with the following details: Number of weeks you will receive full pay, half pay and SMP/No Pay. We will also need to know the exact dates you commence and finish maternity leave. We will adjust your fee accordingly and inform you via email. N.B. Trainees going on maternity leave should also inform our training department so that your provisional CCT date can be amended accordingly.
No, if your fees remain overdue College Council can remove you from the College Register under Ordinance Five, which states:
“The Council may determine that any member who is in arrears with any fee of subscription due for twelve months or more shall cease to be a member. Upon such determination being made the member’s name shall be removed from the Register and shall thereupon cease to be a member but shall nevertheless remain liable to pay to the College all fees or subscriptions due up to the date on which membership was ceased”.
You will lose the right to use your designatory letters, where applicable, and to state that you are a member of the College.
If you are having difficulties paying your fees, please contact the Membership Department as soon as possible.
Yes, on ratification by College Council. Please email the Membership Department who will send you an invoice of the amount payable. Once payment is received your name will be put forward at our next Council meeting for reinstatement of membership.
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.