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The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, based in the UK and with international reach, is a collaboration between the:

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians

Collectively, the colleges represent more than 50,000 physicians worldwide. For physicians in the UK and globally, the colleges provide an invaluable professional network, opportunities to share best practice and ongoing educational opportunities.

The Federation develops and delivers services to support doctors at every stage of their careers, including:

  • Examinations (Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK – MRCP(UK))
  • Training (Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board – JRCPTB)
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)


MRCP(UK) develops and delivers examinations and qualifications around the world.
Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) Diploma consists of the MRCP(UK) Part1, MRCP(UK) Part 2 and PACES examinations. It is designed to test the skills, knowledge and behaviour of doctors in training. 


JRCPTB improves patient care by setting and maintaining standards for the highest quality of physician training in the UK Activities and services include curriculum design and implementation, certification of trainees, development of the ePortfolio, gathering and providing evidence to the GMC to enable it to award a CCT and approving overseas training programmes.


The CPD team deliver the CPD diary and Physicians’ CPD app resources for over 19,000 Consultant/SAS grade Physicians as membership benefits for the three Federation Colleges. Once a trainee reaches their CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) and becomes a Consultant, they are expected to shift towards self-directed learning. These CPD resources assist clinicians in being able to record their educational activity, reflect on its’ relevance to their scope of practice and produce a report to aide their appraisal . The CPD department also oversee the CPD approval of around 4,500+ activities per year (including live events and e-learning modules).

International activities

Internationally, the MRCP(UK) portfolio of postgraduate medical examinations are regarded as valuable qualifications. We also support international training partners to develop and deliver UK equivalent Internal Medicine Training programmes. To find out more about our international activities visit our International section.  

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We aim to respond to all queries within 5 working days but during exceptionally busy periods it may take longer. If your query is urgent, please call the relevant office directly.

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