Provide a CPD event

The RCP approves external CPD events (live events and distance learning) for post-training physicians. To provide a CPD event, you need to apply for approval first. Only approved external events will appear on the RCP online database, which is available through the CPD diary.

CPD event approval – what you need to know

External events are defined as educational events that are targeted towards physicians from multiple hospitals and trusts. They can be regional, national or international.

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

CPD event approval guidelines and FAQs

Our CPD event approval guidelines and FAQs (which cover both live events and distance learning) are downloadable below. They include:

  • approval criteria
  • details about the online application process
  • administration fee information
  • other relevant information.

Distance learning

Here is an example of a high-quality distance learning application that we approved:
The importance of risk factors in the development of type 2 diabetes (OnMedica).

Apply for CPD event approval

To register to use our online approvals system, email:, stating the name of your organisation and whether it's a commercial or not-for-profit organisation. You will then be issued with a username and password to access our online approvals system.