Role and requirements of the RCPCH examiner

Information on the role of the RCPCH examiner, including responsibilities, expected code of conduct and minimum requirements for selection, training and performance management.

Duties and responsibilities

Upon signing and submitting an application examiners of both the MRCPCH and DCH examinations agree to a set of duties and responsibilities, depending on the category of examiner. This document outlines the processes that require examiner input, eligibility criteria, appointment process, length of service, examiner 'career' progression and confidentiality.

RCPCH examiner duties and responsibilities (PDF, 48KB)

Code of conduct

Upon signing and submitting an application examiners of both the MRCPCH and DCH examinations agree to adhere to the Code of conduct.  adherTo help us maintain quality and standards of our MRCPCH and DCH examinations, all examiners are expected to follow our code of conduct. This addresses a general standard of behaviour, interaction with candidates, patients parents, role players and colleagues, handling of personal and sensitive data, and copyright and use of materials. In the event of any allegation of misconduct, the College will follow the process outlined in the examiner misconduct policy.

Examiner code of conduct policy (PDF, 1MB)

Examiner misconduct policy (PDF, 820KB)

Minimum requirements

The RCPCH Examinations Team have developed guidance on the minimum requirements expected of all MRCPCH and DCH examiner appointments in line with the recommendations provided by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges setting a range of minimum requirements for Colleges and Faculties in relation to examiner selection, training, performance management, duration of appointment and collection of equality and diversity data.

View the minimum requirements on the AoMRC website

Equal opportunities

To ensure we have your updated details, we ask that all examiners register an RCPCH online account. It takes just a few minutes to create your account.

Once signed in, you can go to Account and then Update My Details to check and edit your details, including your work information, contact preferences and interests.

We strongly urge you to complete the short Equal opportunities section on Update My Details. This information is key to undertaking examination performance analysis - find out more and how we use your data.

Hosting exams

It is also expected that MRCPCH and DCH examiners will act as a Host Examiner within the first two years of being appointed as an examiner. Please do offer to host to provide opportunity for trainees to sit their clinical examinations. It is increasingly difficult to secure host support for the MRCPCH and DCH Clinical examinations.

If you are volunteering to host an MRCPCH clinical exam please contact Sandra Baines, MRCPCH Clinical Exam Coordinator, as soon as possible.

If you are volunteering to host an DCH clinical exam please contact Olive Osei, DCH Clinical Administrator as soon as possible.


If you have any general questions about the role and requirements of the RCPCH examiner, please contact Sandra Baines.