Trainee physicians will benefit from a 23% reduction in fees for the MRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs) effecting all examinations from 1 August 2016.
These examinations assess the knowledge gained during specialist training and must be passed by trainee physicians in the UK before they can practise as independent consultants. In other parts of the world, the SCE is a respected and sought-after qualification for specialist physicians.
Currently, the application fee for an SCE is £861 in the UK and £1,081 elsewhere in the world. These fees will be reduced to £665 in the UK and £833 for candidates sitting the examination at an international centre.
In 2007, the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK and 13 UK specialist societies made a substantial investment to create, develop and deliver these new examinations. As a result of this growth, we are now able to make this change to the fees.
"The SCE project has been a tremendous academic success" said Professor Elder, MRCP(UK) Medical Director. "Now that it is established, it is very difficult to imagine a postgraduate medical training pathway in these specialties that does not include this summative assessment of specialist knowledge."
Dr Jim Macfarlane, Trainee Representative for the SCE Steering Group, said: "This is extremely welcome news for all trainees. It demonstrates the colleges have been receptive to feedback from trainees about the cost of examinations, particularly considering the current financial environment.
For further information about the SCEs see the MRCP(UK) website.