Royal College of Pathologists

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Royal College of Pathologists
Established1962; 62 years ago (1962)
TypeMedical royal college
Headquarters6 Alie Street, London, England
Dr Bernie Croal
AffiliationsAcademy of Medical Royal Colleges Edit this at Wikidata

The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) is a professional membership organisation. Its main function is the overseeing of postgraduate training, and its Fellowship Examination (FRCPath) is recognised as the standard assessment of fitness to practise in this branch of medicine.[citation needed]


The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation, to maintain the standards and reputation of British pathology, through training, assessments, examinations and professional development. It is a registered charity and is not a trades union. Its 11,000 members work in hospital laboratories, universities and industry worldwide.


The College of Pathologists was founded in 1962, to optimise postgraduate training in the relatively young science of pathology, with its high importance in the diagnostic process, and the increasing range of specialist studies within it. The college received its royal charter in 1970 and its Patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Training and examinations[edit]

The Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) is the main method of assessment for UK pathology training - evaluation of a candidate's training programme, indicating fitness to practise, whilst also marking the entry into independent practice and the beginning of continuing professional development. Upon successful completion, trainees are awarded Fellowship status of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Fellowship may also be awarded on the basis of submitted published works, though this does not contribute to the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training and is not a mark of eligibility for appointment to a Consultant post or unsupervised practice.

The college runs a national scheme for overseeing of continued education of pathologists in clinical practice, as well as sponsoring workshops, lectures and courses.[citation needed]


The following are disciplines of pathology which the college oversees:


The Royal College of Pathologists produces The Bulletin of The Royal College of Pathologists, a quarterly professional membership magazine.[2]



Coat of arms of Royal College of Pathologists
1 July 1964[3]
On a wreath of the colours in front of a sprig of logwood leaved and fructed Proper an antique microscope Proper.
Sable surmounting an open book a rod of Aesculapius Proper the serpent Or on a chief Argent a bar wavy Gules between in chief two torteaux and in base a benzene ring Sable.
Sedes Invenire Et Causas Morborum


  1. ^ Hurren, Elizabeth (May 2002). "Patients' rights: from Alder Hey to the Nuremberg Code". History & Policy. United Kingdom. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Bulletin". Royal College of Pathologists. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Royal College of Pathologists". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 30 April 2022.

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