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Equality and Diversity Policy

The Joint Surgical Committee Meeting’s Equality and Diversity policy has been developed for the United Kingdom and Ireland Surgical Royal Colleges (the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSGlas) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) (The Colleges). The Colleges work together on matters relating to standards and assessment, through a number of intercollegiate committees including the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations.

It is the aim of The Committees to ensure that, where it falls within their sphere of influence, no interested party receives less favourable facilities or treatment (either directly or indirectly) in recruitment, employment, assessment or examination on grounds of age, disability, gender / gender reassignment, marriage / civil partnership, pregnancy / maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. For a full copy of the Equality and Diversity policy please click here.


Notice to Candidates as of 14 July 2014
MRCS Standard Setting process

Since its inception, the MRCS Part B OSCE examination has used a single pass rule at each examination session, even though the form of the test (circuit) has not been identical on every day of that examination session. Parity of standards has been maintained through statistical methods and through the scrutiny by assessors.

To further enhance the standard setting process ICBSE in conjunction with the GMC have agreed that a different pass mark should be generated (using the current borderline regression methodology) by circuit, rather than for the examination as a whole. This means that, though the pass mark will be similar for different circuits, it is unlikely to be identical. This will reflect the variation in the relative difficulties of the scenarios that make up any given circuit. The consequences of doing so have been modelled and found to yield a very similar overall pass rate.

This standard setting process for the MRCS Part B will come in to effect as of October 2014 examination.


Amendment to MRCS Regulations

With effect from the April 2013 diet, and in accordance with guidance issued by the United Kingdom General Medical Council, candidates will no longer have unlimited attempts at Part A of the MRCS examination. The regulations have been amended to allow candidates 6 attempts only at Part A (reg 2.1.6)

May 2013


Dear candidates,

The GMC has agreed that doctors who are already in specialty training, or who enter specialty training by 31 October 2013 will be able to have any valid passes in previously approved national professional examinations counted towards a CCT, even if they were obtained outside approved training.

For further information please go to http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/postgraduate/9705.asp