Resigning your membership

Find out what happens if you resign, or cancel your membership, and how to do this - and how you can rejoin.

If you are considering resigning your membership

Please first contact our Member Services Team on membership@rcpch.ac.uk or 020 7092 6060. You may be eligible for a concession or alternative subscription rate. Members who are permanently retired may wish to continue as a senior member or fellow.

We will be happy to talk through the best options for you. You can cancel your membership at any time.

What happens if you resign

You will lose any right you may have had to use the designations MRCPCH or FRCPCH.

If the College is monitoring your Higher Specialist Training (HST) or your continuing professional development (CPD), you can pay a fee to continue with these services.

If you have already paid the subscription for the full year, we will give you a refund based on the refund policy below which has been agreed by Executive Commiteee:

Resignation notice received Refund
January, February or March 75%
April, May or June 50%
July, August or September 25%
October, November or December No refund

What happens if you decide to rejoin

If you have not passed the MRCPCH or MRCP(UK) Part II in Paediatrics examinations: You will need to re-apply through the RCPCH Council. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to regain ordinary membership or fellowship.

If you wish to rejoin within a year of resignation: You may be subject to a rejoining fee and you will need to pay any outstanding subscription arrears you may have from the time of resignation as well as any fees which may have accrued since.

If you wish to rejoin after a year of resignation: You will need to reapply for membership in full. Your old membership certificate with your original join date will no longer be valid. You will be issued with a new certificate which has the date you rejoined the College as your start date.

How to resign

We require written correspondence by email or post to our our Member Services Team. 

  • Email: membership@rcpch.ac.uk
  • Post: Member Services, RCPCH, 5-11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH
  • Phone: +44 (0) 20 7092 6060 (Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 GMT)