Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, based in the UK and with international reach, is a collaboration between the three UK royal colleges of physicians: Us (the RCP), and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.


Please note – as a consequence of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK has taken the extremely difficult but necessary decision to cancel all MRCP(UK) examinations in the UK and internationally from Monday 16 March until September 2020. It has also issued new advice today on trainee progression in 2020.

For more information,see the COVID-19 information hub.

Our work

Collectively, our 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. One of the foremost aims of Federation in its international activities is to support the education, training and assessment of local doctors, for the benefit of their patients.

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

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