Do trainees have to pay to use the ePortfolio?

We have been working with NHS Education Scotland (NES) for several years to develop the ePortfolio platform for physician trainees.   Until late 2009, NES had undertaken this work without charge but now needs to recoup running costs through an annual per capita charge for each trainee using the ePortfolio. 

We are not able to absorb these running costs and therefore this charge has had to be incorporated into the overall enrolment fee for all trainees. It is a requirement that trainees enrol with the JRCPTB, as stated in the "Gold Guide".