MAP (Membership by Assessment of Performance)

What is MAP?

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

Who is MAP for?

MAP has been designed for established GPs in the United Kingdom who wish to attain MRCGP. MAP is the only route to membership for established GPs.

What does MAP involve?

A comprehensive portfolio of 13 criteria covering all aspects of your 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.


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 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 (£300) and proceed with the portfolio.

By applying for MAP candidates confirm that they are familiar with, and agree to abide by, 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]

Is local help available?

Candidate support and study days are provided by local RCGP faculty offices. Use the links below to find contact details for your local faculty.

Local Faculties

There may be an MAP study day being run near you. Enter MAP as the keyword in the Courses and Events search facility at the top of this page.

How much does it cost?

Application fee: £300

Submission fee: £699

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.

As of 1 April 2015 the fees for MAP will increase to:

Application fee: £400

Submission fee: £800

Evaluation Panel (if required): £250 - no change

How long do I have to finish the portfolio?

The fully completed portfolio must be submitted within one year of confirmation of eligibility. 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.

What is the process?

The MAP process is as follows:

Submit application

Download handbook and portfolio template

Complete the portfolio template

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.




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 judgement 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 1000 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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