Fellowship without Examination

2022 nominations closed on 22 April 2022. 

Nominations next invited and nomination procedure published: expected to be early 2023 


The usual route to Fellowship of The Royal College of Radiologists is by examination. In accordance with College Regulations, Fellowship without Examination (FwE) may be awarded to nominees who in the opinion of Council meet the criteria.  

Fellows without Examination have the same rights and privileges as Fellows by examination. This can include the right to use the post-nominal FRCR and the right to stand and vote in College elections, in accordance with our Regulations. FwE is therefore not an 'honour'. It is a way of recognising contributions to clinical radiology or clinical oncology in the UK and allowing these to be built on in the future through closer ties with the College. 

FwE is offered under the usual financial conditions of payment of the annual membership subscription to remain in good standing with the College. 

From 2020, Council decided to open nominations only to those who are working in substantive NHS consultant posts in our specialties of clinical radiology or clinical oncology (generally those who were not required to obtain the FRCR as part of their training programme). 

Nomination procedure 

The nominator (who must be a Fellow of the College in good standing) completes the nomination form and submits it with the nominee's brief CV. The nomination must be supported by two additional Fellows of the College in good standing. The nomination must demonstrate, among other things, that the person nominated has made a significant contribution to clinical radiology or clinical oncology in the UK. 

Criteria for Fellowship without Examination  

Additional guidance is published each year. 

Nominations can be made for clinical radiologists or clinical oncologists who are on the specialist register, hold substantive consultant appointments in the United Kingdom, have made a significant contribution to training in either specialty in the United Kingdom and have attained such professional status as in the opinion of Council merits such recognition.  This includes those practising in relevant special interest areas. 

Method of assessment  

Nominations are assessed by the Fellowship Assessment Committee and its recommendations endorsed by Council. 


Please email the Equivalence Officer or telephone 0207 406 5955.