The Royal College of Physicians approves external CPD events for post-training physicians. Only approved external events will appear on the RCP online database available through the CPD diary.

CPD event approval

External events are defined as educational events which are targeted towards physicians from multiple hospitals and trusts. External events may be regional, national or international in character.

The RCP does not approve internal CPD events or personal CPD activities. Internal events are those which are targeted solely at physicians within one hospital or trust, while personal CPD activities are those educational activities which physicians undertake informally in their own time. There is no formal approval process for these activities.

CPD event approval guidelines

Our CPD event approval guidelines, downloadable below, provide important information about the CPD approval process. They include approval criteria, details about the online application process, administration fee information, and other relevant information about CPD.

Apply for CPD event approval

To register to use our online approvals system to apply for approval of an external CPD event please email, stating the name of your organisation and whether it is a commercial or not-for-profit organisation. You will then be issued with a username and password to access our online approvals system.

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Log in to the online events approval system

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