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If you’ve retired from all forms of medical practice, then you’ll no longer need to pay an annual subscription fee for your membership

As a retired Fellow or Member, you’ll still be joined to the College and can stay connected to our activities, news and membership benefits.

When you reach retirement, the College will no longer charge you a membership fee – provided that any outstanding arrears are settled in full. If your medical practise and medico-legal work is coming to an end, in both private and public hospitals, then let us know before the 31 of January and we’ll waive your next payment.

Please make your request in writing by email to We will then send you a cessation declaration form to update our records.

What benefits can you access?

As a retired Fellow or Member, you’ll continue to receive:

  • Bespoke communications
    We’ll keep up-to-date on important information from across the field of O&G, updates from our College Officers as well as news and upcoming events from the RCOG.
  • Council election notices
    As RCOG’s most senior professional body, the Council is responsible for furthering and fulfilling the mission of the College. You can continue to be involved in the election process.
  • Dinner notices
    Our Fellow and Members dinner events are still open to our Retired members, provided you are a resident of the British Isles.
  • 50% discount on RCOG courses

    Retired RCOG Fellows and Members are entitled to a 50% discount on the RCOG member rate registration fee. You will need to state that you are retired at the time of booking.

    To qualify for the discount you must be registered as retired with the RCOG and will need to book your place on the course over the phone on +44 20 7772 6245 or by post. If you need to update your status, please email

If you wish to continue to receive other material, an additional fee will be required as follows:

  • £39 per annum to receive TOG (The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist)
  • £63 per annum (UK rate) to receive BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (for international rates, please visit our partner publisher Wiley’s website)

Retired Fellows and Members Society

As a retired Fellow or Member, you’ll automatically join the Retired Fellows and Members Society (RFMS). The twice-yearly meeting is then open for you to attend.

The College is always eager to hear from Retired Fellows and Members who would like to contribute. We’re open to receiving articles, news stories or any item of interest that you’d like to share with your fellow colleagues. Please reach out with your suggestions via email to

RCOG heritage blog

Our archivist regularly updates a blog looking at the heritage of collection of both the RCOG and The Royal College of Midwives. The collections include information on all aspects of clinical obstetrics, gynaecology and midwifery, as well as education the history of the two College and the development of women’s health.

Rwanda project

At the last RFMS meeting, John Osborne FRCOG made a plea for help with his Rwanda project, trying to improve obstetric care and reduce infant mortality. They require the assistance of experienced obstetricians, or those trained, but not yet appointed to senior posts as ‘mentors’ in the UK or prepared to go to Rwanda to train local staff.

He can be contacted by email or telephone 0208 995 0019.

Obituaries of Fellows and Members

We publish obituaries and notices of deaths of RCOG Fellows and Members. If you wish to notify the College of a death or contribute an obituary, please reach out to the Membership team at