Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a continuing learning process that requires surgeons to maintain their knowledge base and performance throughout their working life. As part of the revalidation agenda, the College has established a process for reviewing and (where appropriate) accrediting surgical activities for the purposes of CPD. In order to receive accreditation, an event must demonstrate an appropriateness and ability to contribute to the continuing professional development of surgeons or allied health professionals.

CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons of England is a good quality benchmark for surgeons and allied professionals as it ensures that the content of an event is relevant to the continuing professional development of surgeons. It can also assist surgeons in justifying attendance and/or participation in scientific and educational events. The College Criteria and Standards for Accreditation of CPD Activities represent qualitative characteristics which define the evidence required from event organisers sufficient for CPD Accreditation awarded by the College. The organiser of a CPD event must demonstrate compliance with academic and competence standards, and also meet organisational requirements. Academic and competence standards define key indicators ensuring proper relevance and education value of an event.

Benefits of CPD Accreditation


Having an event accredited will demonstrate that it meets the standards as defined by the Royal College of Surgeons for CPD, and that it offers a high-quality learning experience. Recognition of these factors may assist in attracting delegates. Accredited events will also receive the following benefits:

Further Information


Full details of the College’s fee structure can be reviewed on the Fees pages.Full details of the College’s monitoring requirements can be reviewed on the Monitoring pages.For further information about CPD Accreditation including the Criteria and Standards, please review the Guidance/FAQs pages.

Please note that the College does not review applications retrospectively and recommends that any application be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

Apply now

In order to apply for your activity to be accredited for the purposes of CPD, please select the link below:

Apply for Accreditation