CPD approval for events

  • The College approves national/international events - physical and virtual - for CPD purposes where the vast majority of delegates are pathologists in consultant grade posts.
  • Applications should be made to the College at least four weeks in advance of the meeting.
  • Retrospective approval will not be granted. 

To apply please use our online CPD event approval form in the red box opposite.


CPD approval for all meetings is subject to a fee (inclusive of VAT), which is listed below.

1 Day (up to 7 hours)


2 Days (8-14 hours)


3 Days (15 hours plus)

£300 (cap)

Please note there is an additional (late) fee of £50 for applications received 14 days or less before the date of the event. 

Advertising your event

As a benefit of applying for CPD approval your event will be advertised as described below:

  • Advertised on the College calendar of events
  • Advertised in the President's e-newsletter for the current or following month
  • Advertised in the College Bulletin subject to publication deadlines
  • Advertised on Twitter

Please note that if your event conflicts with a College organised event, we will need to seek approval from the RCPath Events team. If we are unable to advertise your meeting you will receive a refund of 50% of the CPD fee paid (excluding any late application fee).

Guidance for organisers

For physical events organisers should continue to award delegates certificates of attendance with the number of CPD credits based on the number of whole hours of educational learning (excluding lunch and comfort breaks, poster viewings, networking etc).  CPD credits should be calculated at a rate of 1 CPD credit = one hour of educational learning. CPD credits are whole numbers but may be rounded up or down (e.g. 40 minutes may be rounded up to one hour = 1 CPD credit).

For virtual events organisers can either issue certificates of attendance specifying the total number of CPD credits based on the duration of the event or state on the certificate that delegates may claim up to a maximum number of CPD credits.

In either case, it is down to the delegate to claim CPD credits responsibly based on how much of the event they actually found beneficial; e.g. if a delegate is awarded a certificate of attendance for 5 CPD credits (a five hour event) but only found four of the five hours useful, they should only claim four CPD credits in their online CPD portfolio.  Conversely, if a delegate participated in additional learning they are able to self accredit for the additional time in their online CPD portfolio.

Frequently asked questions

Local/regional meetings

Does the College approve local or regional meetings for CPD purposes?

How should delegates claim CPD credits for local/regional meetings?

Online learning courses

Can I apply for CPD approval of an online learning course?

European CPD approval

How should I seek CPD approval if the delegates are from other european countries?