RCoA and FPM Website Cookie Notice

Cookies on our website

Websites, including www.rcoa.ac.uk and www.fpm.ac.uk, use techniques to enhance user-friendliness and to make the site as interesting as possible for each visitor.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file, which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. They allow us to give you the best browsing experience possible and mean we can understand how you use our site. Once you agree to their use, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets us know when you visit a particular area. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Overall, the use of cookies enables us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not, e.g Google Analytics. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

How we use cookies

We use cookies on our site for several purposes.  They allow us to identify your device uniquely and to control the login areas of the site. These cookies do not contain any personal information. They control basic functionality of the website by storing your preferences. Other cookies are used to give us feedback about the performance of our site so that we can make it as good as possible – again these do not contain personal information about you in any way.

If the cookie originates from our domain it is known as a first party cookie whereas the domains that are placed from sites other than our own are known as third party cookies. You can control whether these types of cookies are accepted by your device or not by changing the settings in your browser.

How do I change my cookie settings?

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and/or our web applications.

We do not recommend disabling first party cookies as these control your main preferences on our website and the log in system so your experience of our site will be affected should you choose to do this.

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
Managing cookies using Internet Explorer 9
Managing cookies using Chrome
Managing cookies using Firefox
Managing cookies on a Mac with the Safari browser (OS X)

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.

Cookies we use

The table below explains what cookies are used on the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine websites.

X-Mapping-xxxxxxxx www.rcoa.ac.uk The X-Mapping cookie is associated with the Stingray Traffic Manager platform from Riverbed, which is a load balancing application for high traffic web services and sites. Used to route data and page requests to the correct server where a site is hosted on multiple servers
.rcoa.ac.uk Drupal session cookie
Drupal.toolbar.collapsed www.rcoa.ac.uk Drupal toolbar cookie
has_js www.rcoa.ac.uk Used by the website to track whether or not a user has Javascript (part of Drupal CMS/Code)
analytics .rcoa.ac.uk Used to store whether or not a user has agreed to accept analytics related cookies
NID .google.com/.gstatic.com Aggregate analysis of video visitors. Profiling Third-party cookies
__utma .rcoa.ac.uk Google Analytics tracking
__utmc .rcoa.ac.uk Google Analytics tracking
__utmb .rcoa.ac.uk Google Analytics tracking
__utmz .rcoa.ac.uk Google Analytics tracking
__utmt .rcoa.ac.uk Google Analytics tracking
_ga .rcoa.ac.uk Used to distinguish users
_gat .rcoa.ac.uk Used to throttle request rate
_gid .rcoa.ac.uk Used to distinguish users

Cookies we use on the e-Portfolio and CPD Online System

The table below explains what cookies are used on the e-Portfolio and CPD online system and why:

Login Used to keep track that a user has logged into the site. This cookie is used throughout the site and will be removed once the browser is closed Strictly necessary
Messages Used to store temporary messages to be shown on the next page view. These cookies will only be stored until the next page is displayed Strictly necessary
HTML Rich Text Area Size            This cookie stores the editor's size if it has been resized by the user. This will only be stored for the relevant page Functionality

Cookies we use on the Lifelong Learning platform

The table below explains what cookies are used on the Lifelong Learning platform and why:

XSRF-TOKEN  This is a hash of a token to remember the logged in user. It is compared against the value stored on the server to help ensure the requests are coming from who they claim to be Required
laravel_session This is a session token that is used to load the users session on the server. Without this notifications, form field values, form validation and other messages would be lost between page visits Required
remember_web_ Created if a user logs in and chooses the “Remember Me” option Functionality


The Royal College of Anaesthetists takes its responsibility with regards to privacy and data security very seriously. Please read our privacy notice which describes why and how we collect and use personal information and provides information about your rights.