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

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

Professional Competence requires that you conduct at least one Audit or Quality Improvement project every year. 


It is important to remember that Clinical (Practice) Audit is not the same as CPD - it is a separate Professional Competence requirement.  To meet this requirement, you must complete one audit or quality improvement project about an aspect of your own practice every year.  This Medical Council requirement is not limited to doctors working in a hospital setting. 


We recommend starting your audit early in the year and spending at least 12 hours per year on it.