The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing. We will keep this information under review and update as necessary. Please keep checking back.
4 May 2020
In the context of the continuing global response to COVID-19 and uncertainty surrounding a return to normal activities, the RCR is working hard to explore all options for running examinations this autumn.
The arrangements for this are still ongoing and will be influenced by the following variables:
- The availability of venues
- Social distancing requirements at examinations
- Restrictions on travel within the UK and India
- Restrictions on international travel
- The availability and safety of candidates, examiners and invigilators
We expect to have reduced capacity, and it is likely that some or all examinations will only be open to candidates already working in the country where the examination is held.
We hope to publish details of a new examination schedule from September to January later this month. This allows the RCR maximum time to plan using the latest COVID-19 advice and reduces the likelihood of significant further changes. All examinations will remain subject to change dependent on the changing circumstances of COVID-19.
Entry requirements, such as minimum training times, are being relaxed in recognition of the disruption to training. See the webpages for individual clinical radiology examinations and clinical oncology examinations for more details.
Applications for September and October exams will open in July.
For UK trainees, please read our advice on how decisions on progress will be made in the absence of examination evidence.
Published 4 May 2020
16 March 2020
In light of the developing situation and current predictions of impact, we have taken the decision to cancel all RCR examinations in April, May and June. We are contacting all candidates who had already booked for April, May and June to give a full refund of the entry fee.
We will work with the national training organisations, heads of schools and training programme directors in the UK to develop approaches to minimise the disruption to trainees’ progression.
We hope that the exams scheduled from September onwards are able to go ahead as planned and we will be looking at the potential for additional exams and increased capacity.
Published 16 March 2020
9 March 2020
Candidates may be aware that the recent outbreak, and subsequent spread, of Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted the RCR’s February and March exams as international exam venues were unable to accommodate candidates in Hong Kong and Singapore. The RCR is taking the health of everyone involved in our exams seriously whilst being committed to maintaining our services and enabling exam access to as many candidates as possible, but exam cancellations and venue changes will affect the April, May and June RCR exams as detailed below:
- The clinical radiology Final FRCR Part B joint examination in Singapore scheduled for May has been cancelled.
- The clinical radiology First FRCR (Physics and Anatomy) and Final FRCR Part A examinations in June 2020 will not take place in Hong Kong or Singapore.
- We hope to continue with all exams in the UK but this decision will be under constant review as circumstances change and it is possible that some or all will have to be cancelled, subject to further advice from Public Health England (PHE). Candidates should consider this before committing to travel costs and review their travel insurance. For exams that go ahead there will be restrictions on travelling candidates as below.
Candidates must not apply for or attend any RCR examination if they would be: arriving from; travelling through; or have visited in the 14 days before the exam a COVID-19 specified country or area from the PHE list of affected countries, category 1 and 2
There will be no exceptions. Candidates who apply for the June exams are asked to check the PHE list in the lead-up to travel. In the event of additional countries or areas being added, candidates residing in those locations will be withdrawn from the exam. In these circumstances, or in the event of cancelling exams, the RCR will refund 100% of the exam fee but will not be liable for travel and/or accommodation costs.
All candidates attending an RCR examination must declare on arrival at the examination venue that they have not travelled from/through the countries listed. Candidates who have started from, or travelled through, a listed country/area will not be permitted to sit the exam.
We know that trainees will be concerned about the impact on their progression should examinations in the UK have to be cancelled. We will provide more details on the potential approaches to this, should it be necessary, following discussion with the relevant national training and standards bodies.
The situation is rapidly changing. We will keep this information under review and update as necessary. Please keep checking back.
Published 9 March 2020
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