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.

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Accessing most recent Statements of Participation

Q. How do I access my most recent Statement of Participation? » read more

CPD Activities: Recording Credits

Q. Should I record all credits acquired through my engagement in CPD activity or just the minimum requirements? » read more

Carrying over Credits

Q. Can I carry over credits from one year to the next? » read more

Compliance: Annual PC required

Q. I thought professional competence compliance was over a five-year cycle? » read more


Q. Part 11 of the Medical Practitioners Act includes specific provisions to preserve confidentiality of information relating to professional competence schemes. » read more

Do I send my annual participation statement in with my registration documents?

No, you do not need to send this statement in with your registration documents. » read more

How long should records/evidence be kept for?

A. At present, Professional Competence Schemes have a 5 year cycle and therefore all records and documentary evidence must be kept for this 5 year period and for 1 further year. » read more

If a doctor is enrolled on two divisions of the specialist register e.g. general practice and occupational health medicine, will they be required to complete the requirements of two professional competence schemes?

A. A doctor will enrol on one PCS. » read more

Is it mandatory to Participate in a Professional Competence Scheme?

Q. Is it mandatory to Participate in a Professional Competence Scheme? » read more

Maintaining your PCS

Q. I am not clear what I need to do to maintain my competence » read more

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