Important message from the Medical Council about CPD requirements for 2020/21

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Requirements for Continuing Professional Development in 2020-2021 have been updated by the Medical Council

The Medical Council has changed the CPD requirements for the 2020-2021 Professional Competence year. 

You can read the full announcement from the Medical Council here (PDF)

What has changed?

The Medical Council has stated that for the 2020-2021 Professional Competence year, the following will apply:

  • The annual Clinical/Practice Audit requirement has been removed
  • Doctors will only be required to record 25 CPD credits instead of the usual 50 credits. The other 25 CPD credits will be considered as met arising from increased learning by doctors during COVID-19
  • Of the 25 CPD credits that must be recorded, doctors are permitted to record these credits in any CPD category (External, Internal, Personal Learning, Research or Teaching). CPD requirements for each category will not apply. Please obtain evidence as appropriate for the 25 credits which you are recording.

What hasn't changed?

  • Doctors will still be asked to make a declaration about their maintenance of professional competence during the 2021 annual retention process.
  • Doctors are still required to retain enrolment on a Professional Competence Scheme. If you haven't renewed your enrolment please click here

The requirements outlined above will be kept under review in light of a protracted pandemic and the Medical Council will keep the COVID-19 section of their website updated with the latest information.

Medical Council Annual Retention Form (ARAF)

15 April 2021
The Medical Council has asked us to let you know about the following changes to Question 1 in the Annual Retention Application Form (ARAF) which is used to renew your Medical Council registration.

  • Professional Competence Scheme enrolment and CPD activity compliance components have been re-introduced. Doctors should respond openly and appropriately as to whether they have met the annual minimum CPD requirements for the Scheme Year 2020-2021.
  • Trainee Specialist Division doctors will no longer be required to complete the declaration on maintenance of professional competence but should engage with other elements of the ARAF.
  •  Doctors who restored to the register to assist in the COVID-19 effort will not be required to complete the Annual Retention Application Form as they are on the Medical Council Register for a defined period to assist with the COVID-19 effort.

Click here to read the Medical Council instructions

Engaging in CPD improves patient care and physician wellbeing

RCPI continues to offer a broad range of CPD activities. You can join live webinars broadcast by RCPI on Wednesday evenings at 5pm – They are free to attend and you can claim 2 CPD credits. Details of these events are emailed to all doctors on RCPI Professional Competence Schemes.

View our wide range of CPD opportunities on our website

If you have any queries in relation to this, or require assistance with meeting your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us at