About the College  

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine became a College by Royal Charter on 29th February 2008 under the title: The College of Emergency Medicine. On 4 February 2015 the College was granted the title Royal and became The Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

The College is established to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine.

The College is responsible for setting standards of training and administering examinations in Emergency Medicine for the award of Fellowship and Membership of the College as well as recommending trainees for CCT in Emergency Medicine.

The College works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care, and providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.

The College now numbers over 5,000 Fellows and Members registered internationally.

Emergency Medicine is defined as:

Emergency Medicine is a field of practice based on the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders. It further encompasses an understanding of the development of pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical systems and the skills necessary for this development (International Federation for Emergency Medicine, 1991)

For more information about the aims an objectives of the College, please download the College's Corporate Plan 2015

Background to the College

A brief history of the College and Emergency Medicine

Charter and Ordinances

The Royal Charter and Ordinances of the College

College Structure

How the College works


Become a Member of the College

Job Vacancies

Current job vacancies at the College

Document Archive

Previous annual reports, statements & AGM minutes. Current College templates and careers fair resources


Learn more about the European Society for Emergency Medicine


Learn more about the International Federation for Emergency Medicine

College Address


The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

7-9 Bream's Buildings

Chancery Lane



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Tel: +44 (0)20 7404 1999
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7067 1267

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
Registered Charity number: 1122689

Registered Charity number in Scotland: SC044373



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