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Enquiry FAQs

To help your query reach the right department as quickly as possible, we have listed many frequently asked questions and commonly raised issues below, including direct membership and exam contacts. If you feel that your query falls outside these suggestions, please email enquiries@rcp.ac.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Membership enquiries

This page has general information about membership and fellowship of the RCP: RCP membership – FAQs | RCP London

Have a specific question about your membership? Email membershipqueries@rcp.ac.uk


Please see this page of the RCP website for information on the RCP’s COVID-19 activities, advice and contact details for further enquiries:


CPD diary

To register to use the online CPD diary complete and return the CPD registration form. The form and additional information can be accessed on the CPD diary homepage:


For further CPD diary questions please contact the CPD team: cpd@rcp.ac.uk

RCP Library services

For queries about RCP library services, including Athens accounts, literature searches and document  delivery, please email library@rcp.ac.uk

Elearning modules

For queries about RCP e-learning modules please email elearning@rcp.ac.uk

Biographical information and family research

You can visit Inspiring Physicians to search our biographical information online and use our guide on searching family history to help you with your medical family research

If you wish to update or write and obituary for Inspiring Phsyicians please see our webpage for authors and contributors.

Job descriptions approval and AACs

Before posts are advertised medical staffing departments should send job descriptions for consultant and specialty doctor posts to their local RCP regional office for comments or advice. You can find your regional office contact details via this link:


RCP events

For queries about RCP events, including cancellations due to COVID-19, please use the contact details provided on the event listing: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/events

Advertising in RCP journals

The RCP offers both print and digital advertising for its two medical journals Clinical Medicine and Future Healthcare Journal, and its membership magazine Commentary. For more information (including rates and contact details) please see:


Changing your RCP journal mailing preferences

To change your RCP journal mailing preferences, including cancellation of postal copies of College Commentary, you can opt out when you log into your MyRCP account or by emailing membershipqueries@rcp.ac.uk

Submitting research for publication in RCP journals

For submissions to RCP journals, including Clinical Medicine, please see the RCP Journals website: https://www.rcpjournals.org/content/submit-clinical-medicine

Login issues

Please contact the relevant team for the system login you require help with:

How to find a consultant and verify licence to practice

The Royal College of Physicians is a professional body aiming to improve the quality of patient care by continually raising medical standards. We are not able to provide a patient referral service nor can we recommend consultants to patients. We would advise patients to consult their general practitioner for referral to a specialist. If appropriate, GPs should be able to arrange appointments for a second opinion either by another GP or a hospital doctor.

Patients wishing to identify and contact a specialist or consultant directly may refer to NHS Choices consultant guide. This is a free online database, which can be searched by specialty and postcode:


To verify that doctors are licensed to practice, check the General Medical Council register, which can be freely consulted online. The register includes details of specialist qualification.


Physician associate enquiries

The Faculty of Physician Associates works under the auspices of the Royal College of Physicians. The Faculty is responsible for organising certification and recertification examinations for physician associates and accrediting university programmes.  For further information please see the FPA website: http://www.fparcp.co.uk/ or email FPA@rcp.ac.uk

International doctors coming to work or train in the UK

Verification of RCP qualifications