Privacy and Cookies

At the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) we are committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our audiences, members and visitors. This privacy policy explains what happens to any personal data that you provide to us, or that we collect from you and how we use cookies on this website.

What this policy takes into account

Our privacy policy takes into account several legal instruments, including:

If you have any questions regarding our privacy statement, please contact:

Data protection officer
The Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place


Information That We Collect

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Information about your use of our site including details of your visits such as pages viewed and the resources that you access. Such information includes traffic data, location data and other communication data.
  • Information provided voluntarily by you. For example, when you register for information or make a purchase.
  • Information that you provide when you communicate with us by any means.

Your consent

By giving us your personal information and using our sites you consent to us collecting and using that information in the ways that we describe in this privacy policy.

You also consent to us transferring your information to countries or jurisdictions which may not provide the same level of data protection as the UK, if necessary for any of the above purposes. If we do transfer your information in this way, we will comply with our legal obligations as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998 and, if we need to, put in place a contract with the companies we use to process information to ensure your details are properly protected.

Use of your information

We use the information we collect from you during membership application, registration, subscription to a service or administration of an activity according to the Data Protection Act 1998.

The RCP will:

  • Maintain information about you in order to provide you with products, services and information on RCP activities.
  • Share information across RCP departments to improve our communications and services.
  • Share information with appropriate third parties* in order to improve clinical practice, medical training and our services.
  • Disclose personal details to appropriate suppliers, in order for you to take advantage of any discounts on products and services offered by the RCP’s partners.
  • Use your data for purposes of RCP fundraising, including fundraising research, to further advance the mission of the RCP.
  • Only release your information in accordance with your mailing preferences. Please contact the membership team at: to amend your mailing preferences.
  • Not sell your details to any third parties.

*Non-exclusive list (Department of Health; education, CPD and training programmes in higher education and the NHS; examination centres; Federation of Royal Medical Colleges; General Medical Council; postgraduate deaneries and overseas equivalents).

In addition, the MRCP (UK) central office will:

  • Retain information for monitoring training, research and statistical analysis, in data comparisons to verify qualifications and to prevent fraudulent activity.

In addition, the RCP enquiry service will:

  • Share information with RCP departments for the purpose of providing full responses to enquiries and to improve RCP communications and service.


No data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, the RCP cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to try to ensure its security both on our systems and while in transit between our systems and the companies who provide us with various services. 

Use of Cookies

Cookies provide information regarding the computer used by a visitor. We may use cookies where appropriate to gather information about your computer in order to assist us in improving our website.

We may gather information about your general internet use by using the cookie. Where used, these cookies are downloaded to your computer and stored on the computer's hard drive. Such information will not identify you personally; it is statistical data which does not identify any personal details whatsoever.

You can adjust the settings on your computer to decline any cookies if you wish. This can be done within the ‘settings’ section of your computer. For more information please read the advice at

How to find out what personal information we hold about you

You can request details of the personal information we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. We may ask you for an administrative fee of £10.00.

If you would like a copy of the information we hold on you, please write to: 

Data protection officer
The Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place

Or email 

If you want to have your details removed from our marketing mailing lists, or to change your marketing preferences, please email


Our server records your visit for demographic reasons and to help us understand how you use the site. We use the information we collect to improve the site and provide better services. The information we collect is treated in accordance with the Data Protection principles outlined in the Data Protection Act 1998.


We may make changes to this statement from time to time. If we change our privacy policy we will post the changes on this page. The amended privacy and cookies policy will apply from the date it is posted on our site and will govern the way in which we collect and use personal information from the date of the change.

This Statement was last updated October 2016.