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Retirement, cancelling and resintating your membership FAQs

FAQs on retiring, cancelling and reinstating your RCOG membership


Cancelling or reinstating your membership


I want to notify you of my retirement

If you’ve retired from all forms of employment (including medico-legal work), and inform the College by 31 January, you’ll no longer be required to pay an annual subscription for subsequent years – although all outstanding arrears must be settled in full.

Please make your request in writing by email to We will then send you a cessation declaration form to complete for our records.

Benefits for retired Fellows or Members

As a retired Fellow or Member, you’ll continue to receive the RCOG membership magazine (O&G) and the monthly e-newsletter (O&G News), Council election notices and dinner notices (UK* & Republic of Ireland residents only). If you wish to continue to receive other material, an additional fee will be required as follows:

  • £39 per annum to receive TOG (The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist)
  • £63 per annum (UK rate) to receive BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (for international rates, please visit our partner publisher Wiley’s website)

50% discount on RCOG courses.

Retired RCOG Fellows and Members are entitled to a 50% discount on the RCOG member rate registration fee. You will need to state that you are retired at the time of booking.

To qualify for the discount you must be registered as retired with the RCOG and will need to book your place on the course over the phone on +44 20 7772 6245 or by post. If you need to update your status, please email

I am partially retired – how will this affect my membership?

You are required to continue paying a membership fee until you’ve retired from all forms of employment. However, please email or call us on +44 (0) 207 772 6248 to discuss your options if your hours are significantly reduced and/or you are struggling to pay your fee.

Is there a retired association?

We welcome continued involvement from members after retirement. Once retired, you‘ll be eligible for life membership and will automatically join the Retired Fellows and Members Society. For more information, please visit the Retired Fellows and Members Society page.

Cancelling or reinstating your membership

I am thinking about cancelling my membership

Before you make a decision, consult the concessions and special circumstances page, and consider these points:

Am I eligible for a concessionary rate?

You may be eligible for a concession on your subscription due to your circumstance.

Am I experiencing personal financial difficulties?

We do not currently offer concessionary rates for members working part time. However, if you are suffering financial difficulty please email or call us on +44 (0) 207 772 6248 to discuss your options.

If you still wish to cancel your membership, please email and the team will process your request.

I wish to reinstate my membership

Members who have lapsed and wish to re-join the RCOG register are required to pay any outstanding subscription fees against their account along with the current year’s subscription fee. If you wish to re-join, please email or call us on +44 (0) 207 772 6248 for the most up to date information on your account. Once payment is received your name will be put forward at our next Board of Trustees meeting for reinstatement of membership.