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Use of royal college post-nominal letters

Doctors use royal college post-nominal letters in their professional descriptions to show that they have obtained the relevant accreditation.

The unqualified use of post-nominals, however, might be interpreted as denoting that they retain current membership of the relevant body.

So, if their membership has in fact lapsed, it carries a (albeit perhaps remote) risk of referral to the GMC for investigation.

We therefore advise doctors who have passed their membership exams and have been admitted as members of their royal colleges but whose membership has currently lapsed, if they wish to use the post-nominals of the relevant college after their names, to include in brackets the date when the membership accreditation was acquired, eg 'MRCGP (2003)'.