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The CPD framework

Cut-off date for the use of the old CPD ePortfolio – 31 August 2021

In consideration of the difficulties that Fellows, Members and Associates have been experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic and with most appraisals being delayed by approximately 6 months, the College has decided to continue to make the old CPD ePortfolio available until 31 August 2021. This will allow doctors to use their old ePortfolio until appraisal. After 31 August 2021, you will no longer be able to use your old CPD ePortfolio, but this will be available in read-only form until 31 December 2021.

In the meantime, the suppliers of the old CPD ePortfolio will be developing a new and easy way of electronically downloading doctors’ old CPD data for safe keeping. We will keep you up to date with this development.

Please contact the CPD team if you have any enquiries regarding this or regarding the use of the new CPD ePortfolio (tel: 020 7772 6307 or email: The team can provide a telephone demonstration on the use of the new CPD ePortfolio with some practical examples relating to your individual needs.

CPD and COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of educational meetings and courses may be cancelled. While this will reduce your access to some educational resources, the 2019 RCOG CPD Framework includes a variety of alternative activities, such as eLearning, TOG questions and experiential learning (e.g. learning from discussions with peers, learning from cases, self-directed personal learning prompted by clinical experiences and reading).

If you are still following the previous CPD programme, we would also encourage you to use these alternative methods of learning.

The College recommends that Fellows, Members and Associates participate in the RCOG CPD programme at the rate of 50 CPD credits per year. However, in terms of appraisal and revalidation, the GMC’s CPD guidance does not set a requirement of a specific number of credits per year. Therefore, especially in view of the current circumstances, your appraiser may be willing to sign off your CPD even if you have not achieved the College’s credit recommendations. Please see the GMC CPD guidance:

We strongly advise that you discuss your learning objectives with your appraiser in advance of appraisal. The College also urges appraisers to apply flexibility in terms of CPD recommendations during this difficult period.

We recommend that doctors working in healthcare settings outside the UK where formal appraisal is not routine should discuss their learning objectives in informal meetings between colleagues.


The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG)

Our publishing partner, Wiley, has advised us that due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, they have ceased all print and distribution services until further notice. This is because of the impact of lockdown policies and travel restrictions on supply chains, workflow and global air freight capacity.

This means that, unfortunately, you will not be receiving your usual print copy of TOG in July. All of the usual high-quality content, plus additional online-only content such as infographics and videos, will be available on the TOG app and TOG online, and we will alert you when the July issue is available.

To achieve CPD credits via the questions provided in TOG as part of the College’s CPD programme, please access the journal by signing into the College website and navigating to the ‘My Benefits’ section of your account.

The CPD framework

New for 2019, the College has redeveloped and enhanced our professional development (CPD) framework – and we have a brand new ePortfolio to support it.

This change will affect all doctors who use the College’s CPD programme, and also your appraisers.

CPD Programme Framework
CPD Programme Framework [PDF]

Our guide to the RCOG CPD framework

What has changed?

The College’s CPD framework has been updated (PDF, 1MB) to support the recommendations of the RCOG report, Becoming Tomorrow’s Specialist. It also reflects the feedback we have received from you about the current CPD programme, and contains many of the improvements you have requested.

This new framework is more open and less prescriptive than the last – it allows you to record any learning that you feel is relevant to your professional development, and you can tailor the programme to meet your requirements. It can now cover your entire role – not just the clinical elements, but also your non-clinical wider professional skills. And it has been designed to reflect the most recent insights into successful learning and development.

It is simpler, too – you will no longer use ‘cycles’, with arbitrary start and end dates. Instead, you will be able to generate reports on any period you choose, and filter those reports to only show the information you require.

All of these changes in the programme mean there is also a brand new ePortfolio to support it. This is a brand new, dedicated website for CPD – and it should be much quicker and easier to use, at a desk, on a tablet, and on your phone.

We have a page of CPD FAQs, including information about the best way to move from the older framework to the new one.


Quick reference guides to the 2019 CPD Framework

Quick reference guides to the 2019 CPD ePortfolio


When will you be able to use the new programme?

  • The ePortfolio is available to use now, if you wish to move across
  • However, we recommend that you time your move from the old to the new ePortfolio in conjunction with your appraisal. This will help you to tailor the new programme to your needs
  • Because we want you to move to the new system when the time is right, the old CPD ePortfolio will also remain active, at least for the time being. And we will soon introduce a tool that will allow you to download the entire contents of the ePortfolio for your own records
  • Your current username and password will work on both the old and new ePortfolios