Annual Verification Process

Doctor and trainee.

What you need to know about annual verification

The verification of CPD and Clinical Audit claims is a key element of Professional Competence Schemes.

Each year, postgraduate training bodies are required by the Medical Council to select 3 - 5% of doctors enrolled on their Schemes to engage in an Annual Verification Process.

How does it work?

We randomly select doctors who received an Annual Statement for the preceding year. For example, if you receive an Annual Statement for the year 1 May 2018- 30 April 2019, then you could be selected for verification during 2019. 

The selection process normally takes place in August and those who have been selected are notified by email.

If you are selected for verification you will be given time to review and update your records in ePortfolio. We are here to support doctors who need help updating their records. 

Once the deadline for updating your records has passed, your ePortfolio will be locked, preventing any further updates. Then your records are reviewed.  You can continue to record your activities for the current or previous PCS years.

Due to the growing number of PCS Participants, it can take up to 18 weeks for all reviews to be completed. Once that stage is complete, detailed feedback will be sent to all selected doctors at the same time.

If you have been selected for verification:

The process involves a review of your CPD and Clinical Audit records in ePortfolio for the previous Professional Competence year so that your training body can give you feedback and advice.

Your ePortfolio records for the year under review will be locked for editing during the process, but participation in the Annual Verification Process will not prevent you from recording your professional competence activities for the current year.

Do you need help?

Professional Competence

Tel: +353 1 863 9700 and press 2

We have a highly experienced Professional Competence support team in our Dublin headquarters.  They are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain Professional Competence. Please note, at present 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 call or email with your event title and proposed date and we will talk you through what you need to do.
  • Contact Jennifer Noordman or Deirdre Donegan in our Professional Competence Department for any queries relating to your professional competence scheme or your application for CPD approval.
  • Alternatively, you might like to visit Professional Competence FAQs