Changes to Medical Council Annual Retention Process – Doctors who have not met minimum requirements for Professional Competence to be reported to Medical Council

An accurate Annual Statement of Participation is more important than ever

Changes to the operation of Professional Competence Schemes come into effect immediately

This year for the first time all medical training bodies in Ireland will be required to send to the Medical Council the registration numbers of doctors who did not meet the minimum requirements for the 2018-2019 Professional Competence year.

This information will be in line the Medical Council's annual retention process in June 2019.

If you did not meet the minimum requirements for the 2018 – 2019 Professional Competence year, you will be contacted by the Medical Council and given the opportunity to become compliant during the 2019 – 2020 Scheme year.

This year's deadline to update ePortfolio is 13 May 2019

As we are now required to give the Medical Council details of doctors who did not meet their Professional Competence Scheme requirements it is extremely important to make sure your ePortfolio for Professional Competence accurately reflects your progress and most recent activities.

In preparation for a new ePortfolio for Professional Competence, your old (i.e. current) ePortfolio will be locked for editing on Monday 13 May 2019, at which point you will no longer be able to add or edit any information.

Therefore you must finish recording all CPD, Audit and Quality Improvement activities completed between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019 in your current ePortfolio before midday on Monday 13 May 2019.

We will generate your 2019 Annual Statement of Participation in Professional Competence on 14 May 2019.

It is very important to finish recording your 2018 - 2019 activities in ePortfolio before 13 May 2019 so that we can generate an accurate Annual Statement of Participation in Professional Competence.

Changes to the Medical Council annual retention process

During the 2019 retention of registration process, you will be asked to declare that you are maintaining professional competence "pursuant to CPD requirements".

View the official announcement from the Medical Council (PDF)

We have requested a meeting with the Medical Council to discuss the impact of these new requirements.

If you have any queries about the annual retention process or other matters relating to your registration, you should contact the Medical Council directly.

Please let us know if you are unable to meet Professional Competence requirements

If you are unable to meet your requirements because of an absence from practice of three months or greater due to illness or maternity leave, please inform the RCPI Professional Competence team in writing as soon as possible (professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie ) and we will annotate the Annual Statement of Participation that will be issued to you in May 2019.

Contact us

Professional Competence

Tel: +353 1 863 9739

  We have a highly experienced Professional Competence support team. They are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain Professional Competence.  As the team are presently working at home, the fastest way to contact this department is by logging in to our support desk here

  • If you need help with your ePortfolio, we can arrange a convenient time to work with you to ensure your records are up to date.
  • If you need advice on how to apply for CPD approval for your event submit your event title and proposed date and we will talk you through what you need to do.
  • Contact the Professional Competence Team at professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie .  If you would like a callback, please let us know the best time and phone number to call you. .
  • Alternatively, you might like to visit Professional Competence FAQs