Request an AAC representative for an interview panel

There is a statutory requirement for a representative from the RCR to sit on each Advisory Appointment Committee (AAC) panel in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is to make sure that candidates have completed the correct training and are eligible for appointment. 

To begin the process of requesting an AAC representative, please complete the AAC application form (.xls) and submit it to

Before you request an AAC representative

  • Provide a minimum of 8 weeks’ notice of the AAC date. This gives consultants enough time to cancel or re-arrange clinical commitments.
  • Make sure the job description has been reviewed within the last 12 months. Include the RCR JD reference number on the form.
  • If you are convening one panel for multiple posts, please include all information on one application form.
  • Make sure you have included the date on the application form. We are unable to process requests without a date.

How the AAC process works

  1. Once a job description has been reviewed and the interview date has been set, the recruiting organisation completes the AAC application form and sends it to
  2. The AAC team at the RCR assigns a unique AAC reference number. This is different to the JD reference number.
  3. The team creates a new panel record and compiles a list of suitable representatives. This is sent back to the recruiting organisation.
  4. The recruiting organisation contacts the representatives on the list. If a representative is not secured from the first list, the AAC team may generate a second list and/or offer alternative options.
  5. Once a representative is confirmed for the panel, let the AAC team know right away so that the paperwork can be sent ahead of the panel date. If a panel is cancelled, please tell the AAC team so that the file can be closed.


The National Health Services (Appointments of Consultant) Regulations, Good Practice, January 2005 sets out the approach to be taken in appointing NHS doctors’ posts. The guidance does not apply to foundation trusts. The 2005 Concordat between Medical Royal Colleges and the Foundation Trusts Networks (revised in 2010) recognises the mutual benefits of the AAC process.