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Be properly enrolled on a Professional Competence Scheme

Requirements for Continuing Professional Development in 2021/2022 have been updated by the Medical Council

The Medical Council has changed the CPD requirements for the 2021/22 Professional Competence year. 


You can read the full announcement from the Medical Council/COVID-19 updates (see Section “Regulation and CPD”)  


What has changed? 

The Medical Council has stated that for the 2021-2022 Professional Competence year, the following will apply: 

In the Professional Competence Year beginning on 1 May 2021 and ending on 30 April 2022, doctors will be required to undertake and record the following CPD activity with their Scheme: 

  • 25 CPD credits (in any category: External, Internal, Personal LearningResearch or Teaching); and 
  • One Audit or Quality Improvement project 

The Medical Council intends to reinstate its risk-based framework for monitoring doctors’ maintenance of professional competence. This means that doctors will be asked to make a declaration about their Maintenance of Professional Competence (MPC) when renewing their registration in 2021. Doctors’ MPC declaration will be compared with Professional Competence Scheme data to monitor that they are meeting their MPC requirements. 

Inform your Training Body about any extended absence from your practice

What hasn't changed? 

Doctors will still be asked to make a declaration about their maintenance of professional competence during the 2021 annual retention process. 

Doctors are still required to retain enrolment on a Professional Competence Scheme. If you haven't renewed your enrolment please click here 

The requirements outlined above will be kept under review in light of a protracted pandemic and the Medical Council will keep the COVID-19 section of their website updated with the latest information. 

Medical Council Annual Retention Form (ARAF) 

The Medical Council has asked us to let you know about the following changes to Question 1 in the Annual Retention Application Form (ARAF) which is used to renew your Medical Council registration. 

Professional Competence Scheme enrolment and CPD activity compliance components have been re-introduced. Doctors should respond openly and appropriately as to whether they have met the annual minimum CPD requirements for the Scheme Year 2020-2021. 

Trainee Specialist Division doctors will no longer be required to complete the declaration on maintenance of professional competence but should engage with other elements of the ARAF. 

 Doctors who restored to the register to assist in the COVID-19 effort will not be required to complete the Annual Retention Application Form as they are on the Medical Council Register for a defined period to assist with the COVID-19 effort. 

Engaging in CPD improves patient care and physician wellbeing 

In response to the profoundly changed circumstances we now face as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are expanding our range of webinars and online/virtual CPD opportunities and moving as many of our courses as possible to an online format. We hope to resume conferences and events in our Dublin headquarters as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Previous Years for information:

You must record a total of 50 CPD credits per year under four Continuing Professional Development (CPD) categories: 


 External (maintenance of knowledge and skills) - minimum 20 credits per year (required) 

Internal (practice evaluation and development) - minimum 20 credits per year (required) 

Personal Learning - minimum 5 credits per year (required) 

Research or Teaching -2 credits per year (desirable) 


The remaining credits can be made up of any combination of these four categories. 


Don’t forget that you must also record at least one Audit/Quality Improvement Project every year. 


The Professional Competence year runs from 01 May to 30 April, and any claims must be for activities that took place within that period. 


You can find additional information on this topic on our Resources page.