About the Professional Competence Scheme

The ICGP operates a professional competence scheme (PCS) for GPs under arrangement with the Irish Medical Council (IMC).

As of May 2011, all doctors on the Medical Council register are legally obliged to maintain their professional competence by enrolling in professional competence schemes and following requirements set by the Medical Council.

You can contact us at professionalcompetence@icgp.ie or call us on 01 676 3705 and we will be happy to assist you.

Please note that the current professional competence year runs until 30 April 2019.

Do all doctors need to meet the 50 CPD credits and 1 audit requirement annually?

Yes. The annual PCS requirements apply to all doctors, regardless of working status. » read more

How is the ICGP involved in PCS?

The ICGP, under Arrangement with the Irish Medical Council, operates a Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) to support and assist registered medical practitioners with enrolling on a Scheme and meeting the annual Scheme requirements. » read more

Is there information regarding the Professional Competence Scheme available for patients?

Yes. The Medical Council have a booklet available for patients which includes information on what the Scheme involves and how it may impact them. » read more

What are the annual Professional Competence Scheme requirements?

The annual PCS requirements are: » read more

What is covered by the annual PCS fee?

The annual PCS fee of €240 covers a number of systems and services to support the GP with their maintenance of professional competence. » read more

What is involved in Professional Competence Schemes?

Professional Competence Schemes are designed to promote self-directed and practice-based learning activities rather than supervised training. » read more

What is my Statement of Participation?

Your Statement of Participation is your proof of engagement with a professional competence scheme. » read more

What is the ICGP Verification Process?

The ICGP is required by the Medical Council to verify the activity recorded by a random sample of 3% of enrolees on an annual basis. » read more

What is the difference between the Medical Council audit and the ICGP verification process?

There are two processes put in place by the Medical Council to monitor doctors' compliance in terms of professional competence requirements: » read more

When should a doctor join a Professional Competence Scheme?

All doctors registered on the general or specialist divisions of the Irish Medical Council must enrol on a professional competence scheme(PCS). » read more

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