Extension of eligibility period during COVID-19 restrictions

6 Apr 2020

The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK understands that the decision to cancel all forthcoming examinations will have an impact on many candidates’ plans for completing the MRCP(UK) diploma.

To ensure that candidates will have an opportunity to complete MRCP(UK), the Federation has taken the decision to relax the current rules around the seven-year eligibility period. All candidates whose seven-year eligibility period was due to end in 2020 will automatically have this extended until 31 December 2021; these candidates will therefore have one additional year to complete MRCP(UK).

Details of the normal eligibility period are outlined in paragraph 3.5 (page 5) of the MRCP(UK) regulations.

Candidates who have had six attempts at any part of the MRCP(UK) (Part 1, Part 2 Written, PACES) will still need to follow the limit on attempts procedure outlined when applying for a future diet of the examination.

Visit our COVID-19 information hub for more information.