About Professional Competence  


Part 11 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (MPA 2007) places a statutory obligation on all registered medical practitioners to participate and engage in continuous professional development and indicate maintenance of standards of professional competence. As the body accredited by the Medical Council for Radiology and Radiation Oncology, the Faculty of Radiologists is formally recognised by the Irish Medical Council (IMC) to administer a Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) for Radiology and Radiation Oncology. Participation by Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists in the PCS is a legal requirement from 1 May 2011.

Further information on the PCS is available here: PCS Handbook 2020

For information on overseas practitioners and trainees, please see the Medical Council guidelines: Guide to Overseas Practitioners & Trainees

If you are on the Medical Register, but are currently not practicing, please see the following advice from the Medical Council here.

Medical Council Guidelines on the implications of GDPR on Clinical / Practice Audit 

2023/24 PCS Guidelines
The PCS requirements for the year1 May 2023 - 30 April 2024are 40 CPD credits (in total) and to complete one clinical/practice audit.


For each year of the Professional Competence Scheme, to be compliant, registrants are required to earn at a minimum:

  • 50 minimum credits per year, plus clinical audit
  • 250 minimum credits per five year cycle, plus clinical audit

The following are the recognised categories:

  • External (Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills): 100 credits per 5 year cycle – 20 minimum per year
  • Internal (Practice Evaluation & Development): 100 credits per 5 year cycle – 20 minimum per year
  • Personal Learning: 25 credits minimum per 5 year cycle – 5 credits minimum per year
  • Research or Teaching: 10 credits per 5 year cycle – 2 credits minimum per year desirable
  • Audit (Mandatory, annual minimum 12): Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists must pursue 1 audit project each year.

If the target for any category is not met in one year, the deficit must be made up the following year. If a practitioner is not compliant with the scheme for two consecutive years, the Faculty’s CPD verification process is triggered. Further details on credits required is available here.

Click here for a list of external events – please note that the Faculty has not organised all of these and the organisers should be contacted for further information.

PCS Dates 

PCS Year 12: 1 May 2022 - 30 April 2023
PCS year 11: 1 May 2021 - 30 April 2022
PCS year 10: 1 May 2020 - 30 April 2020
PCS year 9: 1 May 2019 - 30 April 2020
PCS year 8: 1 May 2018 – 30 April 2019 
PCS year 7: 1 May 2017 – 30 April 2018 
PCS year 6 : 1 May 2016 – 30 April 2017 
PCS year 5: 1 May 2015 – 30 April 2016 
PCS Year 4: 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015 
PCS Year 3: 1 May 2013 – 30 April 2014 
PCS Year 2: 1 May 2012 – 30 April 2013 
PCS Year 1: 1 May 2011 – 30 April 2012

PCS Application Form

To enrol on the PCS, please complete the form below. Please note that this form is only for first time applicants to the PCS.

PCS Application Form

Once the form has been completed, return it to: 
The Faculty of Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 
123 St. Stephen’s Green Dublin 2 
Tel: 01-402 2139, Fax: 01-402 2466 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Renewal of subscriptions

Renewal of subscriptions are now done online through the Faculty Member Login section.

A guidance document on how to renew your subscriptions can be found here.

For any further information on the PCS, please contact Kayla Gant on 01 402 2139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CPD-SS Registration

In order to support NCHDs who are currently not in a training post to continue, maintain and enhancing their clinical knowledge and skills the HSE has developed the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme.

The Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS) is an educational programme open to all NCHDs working in the public health service who

  • are in non-training posts
  • hold a 2010 NCHD contract with the HSE
  • and are registered on a Professional Competence Scheme.

The CPD-SS is funded by the HSE. It helps you enhance your clinical knowledge and skills and fulfil some of your Professional Competence Scheme requirements in line with Medical Council requirements. Enrolment is free of charge.

The deadline to enrol is 31 January 2023.

Entry Criteria

  • You are not enrolled in an intern training programme or on a postgraduate specialist training programme such as BST or HST
  • You are enrolled on a Professional Competence Scheme applicable to your specialty
  • You have paid your Professional Competence Scheme subscription
  • You hold a 2010 NCHD contract
  • You are working in the public health service
  • You are on the General or Supervised Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council

To find out more about this scheme you can read the CPD-SS Guidance Document 2022/23

To register for CPD-SS please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with your interest.

January - July 2023 CPD-SS Prospectus 


To ensure that robust, auditable records of CPD activities are maintained for Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists, the Professional Competence Scheme is supported by an online information system called MedHub. On MedHub Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists can:

  • Access their CPD programme requirements.
  • Maintain an accurate record of their CPD activities as they occur.
  • Have immediate access to CPD levels achieved versus the programme’s requirements, allowing them to effectively plan their professional development activities to meet requirements.
  • Upload certificates of verification (i.e. accredited CPD points certificates awarded from meetings).
  • Download statements of participation

MedHub User Guide 2018
Click on logo to access MedHub:

Guides & Newsletters

PCS Handbook 2020 
Professional Development Plan Outline
MedHub User Guide 2018 

Professional Competence Schemes for Doctors in Non-Clinical Practice
Guidelines on Internal Events
Medical Council Guide to Audit Please note that this relates to the Audit carried out by the Medical Council, and not the PCS category of clinical audit 
Clinical Audit – what is involved? 
Professional Development Programmes Guidance Document – July 2014 
PCS Newsletter October 2013 
PCS Newsletter April 2013 
PCS Newsletter November 2012


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