Applications for CPD Accreditation

The benefits of CPD event accreditation

The College welcomes applications for CPD accreditation of courses and events. There is no charge for NHS Trusts and hospital boards, registered charities, specialist societies and associations and the benefits of CPD accreditation include the following:

  • Event reviews are completed by independent, specialist CPD Assessors, who are clinicians experienced in the subject area. The reviews are only sent to a CPD Assessor after an initial administrative check has been completed by the College CPD Team.
  • Accredited events are featured in the CPD Online Diary and in the new Lifelong Learning platform. The CPD functionality in this has been significantly enhanced in 2019 following extensive stakeholder feedback.
  • Accredited events are also featured on the College website. The directory is updated weekly and features a direct link for further information, where this has been supplied by the event provider.
  • The RCoA’s revalidation logo, which is a registered UK trademark, can be used in the promotional material and on the delegate attendance certificates for accredited events.
  • The process of accrediting CPD activities is underpinned by an annual quality assurance report.
  • The whole review and accreditation process is based on the Standards and Criteria for CPD Activities - A Framework for Accreditation, as published by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. 

The application and review process

Please read the guidance for event providers below before making an application.

Applications for CPD accreditation should be submitted at least six weeks ahead of the event taking place. Consideration will not be given to applications received less than two weeks before the event date and for any applications for retrospective CPD accreditation.

For events being held outside of the UK, consideration will only be given if a UK-based organisation is hosting the event or has made a significant contribution to its development. In addition, and as previously, consideration for events being held outside of the UK can only be given if it can be demonstrated that the event will be catering for a specialist audience and has content of such a specialist nature that UK-based doctors would travel there specifically to attend.

The CPD Assessors

The College welcomes applications from doctors interested in acting as a CPD Assessor. Full support is provided by the College Revalidation & CPD Team and the Team also sends each CPD Assessor an annual report detailing the event reviews they have completed, for use in their own CPD portfolios. The criteria for a CPD Assessor are as follows:

  • Hold a substantive specialty doctor/SAS grade or consultant post in the NHS or similar University appointment.
  • A member of the College in good standing.
  • To currently be active in clinical practice.
  • Able to demonstrate relevant clinical experience.
  • Expertise in the sub-specialty area of the event.
  • Willing to complete at least four event reviews per year.
  • Able to complete each review within a two to three week timeframe if possible.

For further information please contact



Online Application for CPD Approval 


Chris Kennedy
CPD & Revalidation Co-ordinator
020 7092 1729