As a qualified PA you can join the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) and be part of a professional membership body that campaigns for progress and change in the profession, advises government and takes part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues.

Why should I join?

For £209 per annum*, the FPA will support your continuing education and professional development throughout your career. Members benefit from a number of services specifically tailored to their needs as physician associates, including:

*Please note: the membership year runs from 1 November–31 October.  Once approved your membership will run until 31 October and will renew each 1 November thereafter.  

If you join part-way through the year, you may be entitled to a discounted membership rate for that year; however, your membership year will still run until 31 October and will be due to renew for the next full year from 1 November.

We offer 50% discount to members on parental leave. If this applies to you, please contact us at [email protected] 



Criteria for becoming a member of the Faculty of Physician Associates

If you trained as a PA in the United Kingdom:

  • be a graduate of a nationally recognised physician associate programme
  • have passed the FPA’s Physician Associate National Examination (PANE)

If you trained as a PA in the United States:

  • be a graduate of a nationally recognised US physician associate programme, including those accredited by:
    • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA),
    • ARC-PA's successor agency, or
    • one of ARC-PA's predecessor agencies:
      • Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA), or
      • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • have passed the Physician Associate National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by:
    • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • live or work as a Physician Associate in the UK.

Please note that at this time, only PAs that are trained in the UK or USA are eligible for Faculty of Physician Associate membership and can be admitted to the PAMVR as part of their membership.



How to Apply

1:  Login  or  register  for your My RCP account. You can login in by clicking on the right-hand side of the page. Once you are logged in, please click the 'Join' button to enter into the application portal.

2. Complete the online application form for FPA membership.

You will need to provide:

• a completed self-disclosure form (SDF). Please note that you are required to sign the form on pages 2 and 5. 

Please note: if you cannot remember your RCP code or if this is your first FPA membership and you do not yet have an RCP code, please leave this question field blank. Your RCP code will be confirmed upon successful approval of your membership.

Please ensure that you do not scan and upload a copy of your DBS certificate.

• a copy of your in-date valid passport.

• proof of your right to work in the UK where applicable. 

If you do not have a passport or your passport is out of date and not valid, please contact us via [email protected] for assistance.

Please note applications can take up two weeks to process from date of application. If your application is incomplete or if any information is missing this may increase processing time.

Payment Options

As a new member, you can pay for your FPA membership by:

  • Direct Debit (as a one-off annual payment or in monthly installments); or
  • Online card payment through your MyRCP account

You can log into your MyRCP account at anytime to update your payment method. 

Please do not hesitate to  get in touch  if you have any questions.