The current outbreak of COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and so we have created this information hub to support examination candidates, trainees, trainers and consultants who need to maintain and record their continuing professional development.

Below you will find links to the latest guidance, advice and resources in the areas of MRCP(UK) examinations, training and CPD.  We will continue to update and develop these pages to support you as the situation develops.

ARCP guidance 

In the present ARCP process it should be emphasised that outcomes which have been described in Gold Guide 8th edition (GG8) must be used. It is important that ARCP panels make a holistic judgement on trainee progression using the GG8-compliant and GMC-approved COVID-19 decision aids for 2020. If a trainee has met these amended requirements they should be issued an outcome 1 or an outcome 6 if they are at the end of that phase of training. An outcome 10.1 or 10.2 should only be awarded when a trainee is achieving progress and the development of competences/capabilities at the expected rate but the acquisition of some capabilities (eg mandatory courses, professional examinations) has been delayed by the impact of COVID-19.

The following documents must be used for the 2020 ARCP process.

ARCP decision aid for JRCPTB specialties during the COVID-19 pandemic 

ARCP outcomes for CMT, ACCS-AM and BBT trainees who are expecting to finish this programme in August 2020

ARCPs during COVID-19 Pandemic: Specific specialty advice for Medical Specialties

Training and trainee progression

Trainees’ welfare is very important to us and we hope that the following information provides clarity at an uncertain time and will allow trainees to plan for the coming months.

25.09.20: Free access to the ePortfolio for trainees who have left CMT without full MRCP(UK) or an ST3 post

26.03.20: Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification and working in acute medicine

20.03.20: Help for trainees at the front line

16.03.20: Recognition of trainee progression in 2020

15.03.20: Guidance on Core Medical Trainees acting up as a Medical Registrar

Outpatient experience:

Requirements for Outpatient experience in Internal Medicine (IMS1) Training

Guidance to trainees learning tele-consultation out-patient skills

Podcast: Training progression during COVID-19:


30.09.20: Additional November date announced for MRCP(UK) Part 1 written examinations for UK candidates

16.09.20: New COVID-19 guidelines for UK PACES in 2020

16.09.20: Part 1 online exam

04.08.20: Recommencing MRCP(UK) Part 2

17.07.20: Applying for UK PACES 2020/3

22.06.20: Extension of eligibility period during COVID-19 restrictions

17.06.20: MRCP(UK) clinical and written examinations to restart this Autumn

05.06.20: 2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 1 - updated application dates

04.06.20: Delays issuing MRCP(UK Diplomas

01.06.20 SCE dates from September now confirmed

25.03.20: Transfer and refund information for cancelled exams

Continuing professional development

PDF icon CPD requirements and the impact of COVID-19

Royal Colleges of Physicians COVID-19 information hubs