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The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK (The Federation) is not responsible for the accuracy of information on any other website detailing information regarding MRCP(UK) examinations. Please note that this website is the only authorised source of information.

The information on this website should be used as guidance for taking the MRCP(UK) Examination Specialty Certificate Examination, enrolling with the JRCPTB and using the CPD diary. This material and information contained in this website is for general information only and does not constitute any form of offer for sale, advice or recommendation by JRCPTB. You should not rely on the material or information on the Website as a basis for making any business, legal or other decisions. You should seek appropriate independent advice before making any such decisions. It endeavours to be accurate on the day of viewing and is reviewed regularly but inevitably there will be changes to the arrangements for exam delivery. Any such changes will be set out in the News section.

For detailed information on the rules and regulations governing the MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examinations candidates are asked to consult the MRCP(UK) Regulations and Information for Candidates and Specialty Certificate Examination Regulations and Information for Candidates respectively. Any queries regarding the interpretation of the MRCP(UK) Regulations should be referred to the MRCP(UK) Central Office.  

The Federation does not warrant or represent and excludes all warranties or representations that the material and information, including advertising material, on the Website is accurate, true or complete or that it is free of viruses or that it does not contain any material which is defamatory, obscene or illegal in any way.

In no circumstances will the Federation be liable to you or any other third parties for any loss or damage (whether direct or indirect, including loss of profits, loss of opportunity or any consequential loss) resulting from or in any way connected with your use of the Website or its content, whether caused by negligence, misrepresentation, breach of any statutory duty, or breach of contract or otherwise. The Federation does not limit or exclude its liability for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence.

You may access other websites via hypertext links from the Website. You use such links and other websites entirely at your own risk. Such websites are provided by independent third parties and The Federation accepts no responsibility for the availability, content or use of such websites or information contained on them.

Data protection and privacy

View our fair processing of data below.

Fair processing notice

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Federation  must provide comprehensive information on how records and information about living people are being collected, used and disposed of. This processing statement explains what data MRCP(UK) hold about you, why we hold it, how we protect it and how you can access your rights.

What we do with your data

The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (the Federation) collects and holds data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. The data is used for any reasonable activity undertaken by the Federation in delivering examinations and services associated with the MRCP (UK), SCE and European partner examinations, training and CPD services. This includes sharing information across the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK and College departments.

Data will also be used for monitoring, research, statistical analysis, verification of qualifications and prevention of fraudulent activity.

Why we need to collect and use your data

The Federation must collect data in order to deliver examination services as outlined above. In delivering these services, the Federation will also access data from the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. For further information about how these organisations collect and process data please see their College privacy statements or contact them directly. The Federation is a joint Data Controller with the Colleges for all data collected directly. The three Royal Colleges are Data Controllers for any data collected by them individually and shared with the Federation; in these instances the Federation is a Data Processor.

Who we share your data with outside the Federation

Any data collected will be exchanged between the departments of the Federation, examination partner organisations and delivery partners, and approved external partners (including the GMC, relevant regional and national training bodies) for the above purposes. Data will also be shared with approved partners for purposes of providing career information and CPD opportunities.

How we protect your data outside the territories covered by the GDPR

In some cases, data will be shared with partner organisations outside of the EU; where this occurs there are data sharing contracts in place confirming that data will be processed to GDPR standards and in accordance with the purposes described above.

How long we keep your data and why

We are legally required to keep examination candidate data that is needed to verify qualifications permanently. This data includes candidate names, GMC numbers, identifiers (such as date of birth), examination attempts and results. All other candidate data is deleted after 10 years, unless it is needed to monitor and prevent fraudulent activity (in exceptional circumstances).

We are required to keep personal data from Board and Committee members (including name, address, contact details) for 10 years for auditing content creation and upholding examination security. After this time the data is deleted.

We keep patient images and associated consent forms for exam question development and delivery indefinitely; unused images may be deleted if the associated question(s) is deleted, but otherwise all images will be kept for possible use in future exams and for audit where previous used. All images will be de-identified as far as possible.

For the MRCP(UK) PACES examination, examiner data is held separately by each of the three Royal Colleges of London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. There is a regulatory obligation to hold some information on examiner activity indefinitely. Please contact them directly for information on this data.

Where we got your data from, if not you

We receive data from external organisations notifying us of information relating to recruitment, registration, exams, training and certification.

  • General Medical Council
  • Other Royal Colleges
  • Specialist societies
  • Regional Deanery/LETBs

In these instances the Federation acts as data processor and will manage the data in compliance with the data controller’s policies. Data will only be used in order to provide you with the services and undertake activities on behalf of these organisations.

Your rights to:

  • access your data and have a copy in a standard format 

You have the right to access all information which identifies you as a living person, held by the Academy. You have the right to a copy of your data in a standard format, where technically possible. You also have the right to rectify factual errors in current systems and processes. The above are general rights which apply across all work areas in the Federation. If you wish to exercise these rights, contact the Data Protection Officer here Data Protection Officer here

  • have data deleted 

For examination candidates, all non-essential personal data will be deleted after 10 years; if you wish to request that we delete it sooner than this, please make a subject rights access request (see below). All candidate data required for examination verification purposes will be retained indefinitely to fulfil regulatory obligations.

For Board and Committee members, personal data will be deleted after 10 years – you can request that we delete data that is not necessary for auditing content creation by submitting a subject rights access request.

For patients that have consented to images being used in exam development and delivery, you cannot request that the data is deleted but you will be required to give full and explicit consent before any such image is collected. Examiners will need to contact the organising College regarding the deletion of personal data.

  • restrict the use of your data and stop your data being used 

For examination candidates, you can request that we stop using personal data that is not necessary for fulfilling our regulatory obligations ahead of the 10 year deletion period by submitting a subject access request and contacting the Data Protection Officer. Similarly, you can request that we stop using personal data relating to participation in Boards and Committees via a subject rights request providing it is not needed for content auditing.

For examiners, the organising College is responsible for the collection and management of personal data; you will need to contact them to request a restriction or stoppage in the use of your data. MRCP(UK) carries out some training exercises and courses for examiners. In order to provide this training, the three Royal Colleges will share an examiner’s personal data with MRCP(UK). Any data related to an examiner’s status regarding this training will be held by MRCP(UK) and shared with the three Royal Colleges for the purposes of delivering the examination.

Where we use automated decision making and how this affects you

We do not use any automated decision making processes in providing our services.

Who to contact and how to complain

If you wish to know more about how we manage privacy, or you wish to make a complaint, contact the Data Protection Officer.

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by the Federation, you have the right to complain to us by contacting the Data Protection Officer or the UK regulator, the Information Commissioner. See their website here for further information on GDPR and your rights.

If the use of your data changes, we will update this statement to reflect that. Regularly reviewing this information ensures you remain aware of what data we hold and use.

Intellectual Property

All intellectual property rights in the design and layout of the Website and the material and information published on the pages of the Website, including, but not limited to, copyright and rights in registered and unregistered trade marks, are owned by or licensed to The Federation.

Save as may be incidental to you obtaining authorised access to the content on the Website, you must not reproduce, download, transmit or retransmit, manipulate or store on paper, electronic (including, but not limited to any database or any part of the Internet), CD Rom or other offline product on any other format in whole or in part the design and layout of the Website or the information or material published on the pages of it, without the prior written consent of The Federation, such permission to be given or withheld at The Federation's absolute discretion.


You agree to indemnify and to keep The Federation and its departments (MRCP(UK), JRCPTB and CPD) indemnified from and against any costs, claims, demands, expenses and liabilities suffered or incurred by The Federation arising from or which is directly or indirectly related to your access to and/or use of the Website and/or any other person or entity's use of the Website where such person or entity was able to access the Website using your password.


The Federation reserves the right to assign or transfer all or any of its rights and obligations under these terms and conditions to any of its group companies or to any other third party. In the event of assignment or transfer, notification will be given to you by messages posted on the Website.

Failure by The Federation to exercise or enforce any right conferred upon it shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any such right nor operate so as to bar the exercise or enforcement of that or any other right on any later occasion..

The Federation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions from time to time. Such changes will be notified to you by messages on the Website. Changes in this manner shall be deemed to have been accepted if you continue to use the Website after a period of 2 (two) weeks from the date of transmission of the e-mail or of posting on the Website, whichever occurs later.

These terms are governed by and will be interpreted in accordance with English law. The English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any claim or dispute which may arise out of or in connection with these terms and conditions.