The FRCPath examination is the appropriate professional qualification for medical trainees progressing to the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in chemical pathology (with or without metabolic medicine sub-specialisation) and clinical scientists in training in clinical biochemistry.
The examination is designed to assess laboratory-based training, whereas clinical assessment of medical candidates is undertaken through the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP). In addition, candidates undertaking training in Metabolic Medicine have to demonstrate clinical competence by passing the MRCP examination.
The FRCPath examination is a key assessment tool (but not the only one) used in Stages B and C of training. The examination tests knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to the competencies stipulated in the RCPath Curriculum for Specialist Training in Clinical Biochemistry published by the Chemical Pathology CSTC.