Professional fees committee overview

The PFC (professional fees committee) consults and negotiates fees on behalf of doctors on a range of additional work that falls outside their NHS contracts.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Monday 18 October 2021
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​The PFC (professional fees committee) represents the BMA on all matters relating to non-NHS, non-contractual medical service work, such as local and central government work, medico-legal work, insurance work and a wide range of reports, examinations and certificates for patients or third parties.

This includes consulting with Government and other organisations on work implications for the doctor involved and, where possible, negotiating fees for this.


Our priorities

  • The committee is currently working on a range of issues that apply to doctors across the profession, including work requested by the Department for Work and Pensions, safeguarding report work, and the ongoing death certification reforms.
  • The PFC has worked closely with the Home Office and the GPC (general practitioners committee) in drafting updated guidance for GPs on firearms licensing, which has now been issued to LMCs (local medical committees).


Our people

Chair: TBC



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Our meetings

The committee meets three times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting the profession. These meetings are only open to committee members.

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 11 November 2021
  • Thursday 24 February 2022
  • Thursday 26 May 2022

All meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square


How to join PFC

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of PFC, these are: 

Regional elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for one seat on PFC take place for a one-session term. 
  • Timeline - elections take place in June or July.
  • Eligibility - all doctors who meet the specified criteria for each seat are eligible to stand and vote in these elections. The criteria will be specified in the elections section below.  
ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for three seats on PFC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM, and voting closes a few days after ARM.
  • Eligibility - all BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  



Elections to the Professional fees committee are now closed. 


Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the PFC, email [email protected].