MAP (Membership by Assessment of Performance)

MAP is a portfolio-based assessment. Successful completion of MAP results in MRCGP. Candidates complete a comprehensive portfolio of 10 criteria, using templates provided, covering all aspects of their practice.

The RCGP is currently reviewing options for established GPs to demonstrate eligibility for College membership.  

Our recent consultation on the new RCGP strategy for 2020-2023 stated the intention to: Create a new route to fellowship linked to the College's career development offer and replace Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP) with a more inclusive alternative for established GPs.

While we work on this new route we won't be accepting new MAP applications. We will provide further information on our website at the earliest opportunity. The College is committed to full membership being available to all GPs practicing in the UK.

Please email the MAP Team at with your contact details if you wish to be kept informed of developments. 

The information below is for current MAP candidates.

1. 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 10 criteria, using templates provided, covering all aspects of their practice.

After marking of each submission by a panel of MAP assessors (all experienced GPs) some candidates will be asked to attend an interview to discuss their submission.

2. 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.

3. 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 discounted associate RCGP membership for the period they are MAP candidates (maximum of five years), 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.

4. How do I complete the MAP portfolio?

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

MAP Portfolio Template [Word]

MAP Handbook [PDF]

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

MAP Regulations[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 FAQ on additional resources for more supporting information and guidance.


Candidates must submit at least three criteria in one submission, and must leave at least three criteria for their last submission.

You may submit sets of criteria in any combination, to suit you, and these sets of criteria may be submitted in any order.


Before submitting, you should check the material fulfils the requirements stated in the document below

MAP Portfolio Submission Information [PDF]



5. What additional resources are there to help me?

6. How much does it cost?

The fees for MAP are as follows:

Application fee: £300 which includes the cost of submitting the first three criteria.

Submission fee: £100 per criterion for all subsequent criteria after the first three criteria.

Evaluation Panel (if required): £250

Associate Membership (not mandatory) £129.75 annually * which represents a discount of 75% from the normal rate. *subject to annual review. Membership fees are normally paid by direct debit.

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

7. What is the process?

The MAP process is as follows:

Download handbook and portfolio template - MAP Handbook [PDF]

Complete the templates you wish to submit for assessment, remove the blank templates - 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 a set of criteria completes the assessment process, they will be reviewed by a Recommendation Panel. Some candidates will subsequently be invited to attend an Evaluation Panel. 

Further information about the panels may be found below and in the MAP Regulations

Once a candidate's final set of criteria has been successfully completed the assessment and review process above, the candidate will be recommended for membership.

Flow chart for Clinical governance cases [PDF]

8. What is the Recommendation Panel?

The role of the MAP Recommendation Panel is to review all submissions 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 convenes at regular intervals throughout the year. Candidates who have submitted all criteria for assessment and 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.

9. What is the Evaluation Panel?

Candidates whose submissions do not meet the required standard in the judgment of 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.

10. 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]

11. Who are the MAP Team?

The MAP Team

Clinical  Lead: Dr Clare Etherington


Panel Arbiter: Dr Elizabeth Nodder

33 MAP assessors: All GPs working in various working environments across the UK.

2 Lay Assessors: The role of the lay assessor is to ensure fairness and transparency in the process.


MAP Manager: Karen Bollan

MAP Officer: Gordon Wiseman

MAP Administrator: Fridah Mutegi


Contact details for the MAP team may be found at the bottom of this page.

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30 Euston Square
London NW1 2FB

Tel: 020 3188 7661

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