MAP (Membership by Assessment of Performance)

What is MAP and what does it involve?

MAP is a portfolio-based assessment. Successful completion of MAP results in MRCGP.

Candidates complete a comprehensive portfolio of 13 criteria, using templates provided, covering all aspects of their practice, to be submitted within a year of application. After marking by a panel of MAP assessors (all experienced GPs) some candidates will be asked to meet a further panel to discuss their submission.

Candidates who have completed the MAP process have reported that it takes up to 2 hours per week on average over 6 to 9 months to prepare their portfolio for initial submission.

Who is MAP for?

MAP has been designed for established GPs with a licence to practice and working in the United Kingdom who wish to attain MRCGP. MAP is the only route to membership for established GPs.

Why do MAP?

MAP is the only route to MRCGP for established GPs.

MAP will help with Revalidation. Five of the MAP criteria are required for Revalidation: quality improvement programmes, significant event audit, complaints and compliments, colleague feedback and patient feedback.

MAP candidates receive associate RCGP membership for 12 months, which brings with it benefits including publications and bulletins; The Online Learning Environment (OLE); courses and careers information; and networking opportunities, including the annual National Conference. For more details contact RCGP Membership at

MAP encourages you to take a step back from your day to day practice and reflect on what you are doing. Most candidates have found the whole process, not just the result of obtaining MRCGP, to be beneficial to their work.

How do I apply?

Application form [PDF]

The completed application form should be sent to the MAP Office, RCGP, 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB. On receipt, eligibility checks will be carried out. The MAP office will then contact candidates by email with details of how to make online payment.

By applying for MAP candidates confirm that they have read, understood and agree the MAP regulations.

MAP regulations [PDF]



How do I complete the MAP portfolio?

Download and fill in the portfolio template following the guidance in the MAP Handbook.

MAP template [Word]

MAP Handbook [PDF]

It is suggested that you set aside approximately 2 hours per week to work on your portfolio. Previous candidates have reported that working for this amount of time, they have been able to prepare their portfolio in 6 to 9 months.

See the next FAQ on additional resources for more supporting information and guidance.

Before submitting your completed MAP portfolio, you should check the material fulfils the requirements stated in the document below

MAP Portfolio Submission Information [PDF]

When submitting a portfolio for assessment, MAP candidates must confirm that they have read, understood and agree the MAP regulations.

MAP regulations [PDF] 

What additional resources are there to help me?

For help compiling the MAP portfolio, see the guidance documents and sample portfolio below:

Planning and getting started with your MAP portfolio [PDF]

Getting the MAP portfolio right [PPT]

MAP Criterion 1 Prescribing guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 2 Quality improvement programmes guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 3 Significant event analysis (SEA) guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 4 Managing acute illnesses guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 5 Urgent referrals to secondary care guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 6 Care of patients with long term conditions guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 7 Reflection on educational activities guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 8 Feedback from patients guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 9 Complaints and compliments guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 10 Feedback from colleagues guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 11 Referrals guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 12 Good medical records guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 13 Ethical principles guidance [PDF]

Further information on Quality improvement may be found in the RCGP Guide Quality improvement in General Practice

Sample MAP Portfolio

MAP Definition of scores

Before submitting your completed MAP portfolio, you should check the material fulfils the requirements stated in the document below

MAP Portfolio Submission Information [PDF]

Newsletters for candidates with helpful tips

MAP candidate newsletter May 2016 (spellcheck hint) [PDF]

MAP candidate newsletter August 2016 (table properties hint) [PDF]     

MAP candidate newsletter October 2016 (section break hint) [PDF]

MAP candidate newsletter December 2016 (document insertion hint) [PDF]


Is local help available?

Many local faculties run MAP information sessions and have MAP advisors who offer local support to candidates. Use the links below to find contact details for your local faculty.

Local Faculties

MAP events are held at locations throughout the UK. Enter MAP as the keyword in the Courses and Events search facility at the top of this page for details of upcoming dates.

If there are no upcoming MAP study days listed, please email the MAP team, who will add your name to the list of doctors to be contacted when the next study day is arranged.

How much does it cost?

The fees for MAP are as follows:

Application fee: £400

Submission fee: £800

Evaluation Panel (if required): £250

All payments are made online. The MAP office will contact candidates with details of how to make payment at the relevant time.

How long do I have to finish the portfolio?

The fully completed portfolio must be submitted within one year of application. Candidates will be advised of their submission deadline by email when eligibility is confirmed.

Evidence for your MAP portfolio must be no older than one year on the date it is submitted except for the five criteria common with Revalidation (Significant Event Analysis, Quality Improvement Programmes, Complaints and Compliments, Colleague Feedback and Patient Feedback) which may be up to five years old on the date they are submitted.

Which PSQ and MSF tools can I use?

What is the process?

The MAP process is as follows:

Submit application form - MAP Application Form [PDF]

Download handbook and portfolio template - MAP Handbook [PDF]

Complete the portfolio template - MAP Portfolio Template [Word]

Send the completed portfolio for assessment

Portfolios are marked by a pair of assessors according to the MAP definition of scores: 

MAP definition of scores [PDF]

Marked submissions are returned to candidates by email from the MAP office and will contain guidance on any changes required. A maximum of two resubmission attempts are permitted.

Once the above is completed, all portfolios are reviewed by a Recommendation Panel. Some candidates will subsequently be invited to attend an Evaluation Panel. These panels are responsible for putting candidates forward for membership. Further information about the panels may be found below and in the MAP Regulations




What is the Recommendation Panel?

The role of the MAP Recommendation Panel is to review all portfolios that have been assessed, including all those that have reached the limit for re-submissions but have not been marked as satisfactory in all criteria. The Recommendation Panel will convene at regular intervals throughout the year. Candidates whose portfolios have reached a satisfactory standard in all criteria in the judgment of the Panel will be eligible for membership of the RCGP.

Further information about the Recommendation Panel may be found in the MAP Regulations.

What is the Evaluation Panel?

All candidates who have not been recommended for membership by the MAP Recommendation Panel will be invited to attend an interview with an Evaluation Panel. These will be scheduled as necessary.

There is an additional fee of £250.00 for all candidates who attend the Evaluation Panel.

Further information about the Evaluation Panel may be found in the MAP Regulations.

What is the pass rate?

Over 1350 candidates have successfully completed iMAP/MAP.

The pass rate is 95% of candidates who submit their completed portfolio.

This is the complete list of passed candidates who have gained MRCGP from iMAP/MAP

Successful iMAP/MAP candidates [.XLS]

Contact us

Tel: 020 3188 7661


30 Euston Square
London NW1 2FB


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