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Committee elections are designed to provide international members with an opportunity to play an active role in selecting their College representation in the form of an elected IRC.
The IRC will convey members’ views and interests in front of College leadership and support communication between the College and its members.
All International Committee elections are open and transparent processes that are accessible to all active Members and Fellows with up-to-date subscriptions.
We kindly ask you to refrain from canvassing and respect your peers by keeping all communications professional and courteous.
- RCOG International team circulates (via email) all relevant documents to notify members of the nomination process to take place.
- This should include:
- IRC Member/Fellow/Chair Nomination Form
- Member/Fellow/Chair Election Process Overview
- Election regulations
- Closing date to be 2 weeks following despatch of nomination forms
- Send completed nomination forms to email@example.com
- This should include:
- After the closing date, if more nominations are received than there are vacancies a vote will take place. The International Membership team will email Ballot Forms to all active RCOG zone/country members.
- Ballot Forms will contain a short summary of all nominees, so members can familiarise themselves with potential candidates.
- Closing date to be two weeks following despatch of papers.
- Ballot forms must be completed and returned by individual emails allocated to member profiles. Ballot forms cannot be forwarded to another person.
- Any improperly or incorrectly filled in ballot shall be declared to be invalid.
- Votes are tallied.
- The International team will contact the successful candidates and send out a notifying email.
- If the candidate accepts their role, email notifications will be sent out to all members and fellows in the country. The RCOG database will be updated with the relevant information.
Member of the RCOG / MRCOG
Members of the College must be fully qualified doctors who have passed all parts of the Membership exam (MRCOG), having fulfilled the regulations regarding training. Members are subsequently admitted to the Membership at a meeting of Council. Members are entitled to use the designatory letters MRCOG.
Members must maintain up-to-date subscriptions and be in good-standing to retain active membership.
Fellow of the RCOG / FRCOG
Fellows are elected each year from the Membership and should normally have been members for at least 12 years and have made a significant contribution to O&G through research, teaching or publications. Fellows are entitled to use the designatory letters FRCOG. Fellows must maintain up-to-date subscriptions and be in good-standing to retain active membership.
Associates are medical practitioners worldwide who are working in the field of women’s health care but who do not hold the MRCOG and who wish to be linked with, and support, the activities of the RCOG. Applicants must have a medical degree. Associates must maintain up-to-date subscriptions and be in good-standing to retain active membership.
RCOG International Representative Committee (IRC)
An RCOG International Representative Committee is a collective body of College members in a country/region that act as representation for Fellows and Members in that area. They act as the link between members in that country/region and the College by seeking their views and ensuring that the Committee represents members’ professional and clinical interests.
Composition of an IRC
IRCs are made up of active Members and Fellows resident in a country or region. Each IRC will have a min. of 6 elected committee members along with a chair. Ideally, 3 Fellows, 3 Members and a Chair. Terms are for 3 years. IRCs may co-opt RCOG Associates and Trainees to the group.
Co-opted members may be Associates, Trainees or non RCOG members. They are invited to participate in the community, but will not be able to nominate/second for posts or cast votes during elections. Their terms will also last for three years.
Who is authorised to hold office within an IRC?
Active Fellows and Members who are up-to-date with their fees and are a resident of their respective countries or zones. Honorary Fellows, Retired Members or Fellows, Associates, trainees or non-members of the RCOG are not eligible to hold titles.
Who is eligible to stand for Chair?
Only Fellows who are resident of the country of election, active and up-to-date with fees and have completed at least one term on their respective IRC Committee are eligible to stand for chair. However, in countries which have fewer than 50 active fellows and members, (i) the requirement to have previously stood on the Committee does not apply and (ii) Members with more than five years post MRCOG, as well as Fellows may also stand, but all other provisions relating to eligibility remain the same.
Who is eligible for re-election?
Fellows and Members of the IRC are eligible for re-election for a total of two terms after which a break of one term is required before standing again for election. However, IRC chairs are asked to not stand again.
Who is eligible to cast votes during IRC elections?
Active Fellows and Members who are up-to-date with their fees and are a resident of their respective countries, zones. Honorary Fellows, Retired Members or Fellows, Associates, trainees or non-members of the RCOG are not eligible to vote.
Who can nominate or second during IRC elections?
Active Fellows and Members who are up-to-date with their fees and are a resident of their respective countries or zones. Honorary Fellows, Retired Members or Fellows, Associates, trainees or non-members of the RCOG are not eligible to second.
Fellow representatives need to be nominated and seconded by an active Fellow. Fellows who are nominating/seconding do not need to be currently on the Committee. Each Fellow can nominate or second a maximum number that is equal to the number of vacancies.
Member representatives need to be nominated and seconded by an active Member. Members who are nominating/seconding do not need to be currently on the Committee. Each Members can nominate or second a maximum number that is equal to the number of vacancies.
What is an eligible vote?
Only active Members and Fellows who are resident of the country of vote are eligible to cast a ballot. Ballots must be cast individually, without compromise of voter anonymity. Ballot forms must be filled out appropriately, detailing membership number.
The RCOG retains the right to not accept irregularly cast ballots.
Canvassing for votes is not allowed. Candidate information as provided with the nomination is presented on the ballot form. No other representations are allowed.
Grounds of disqualification from elections
Disrespectful and defamatory behaviour against other contenders.
Disrespectful treatment of others on the basis of race, sexuality, gender or religion.
Canvassing for votes.
Removal from the membership register due to non-payment, malpractice or other.