About the College

Our vision

Developing and supporting excellence in pathology for healthcare across the world.

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology. It is a body of its Fellows, Diplomates, Affiliates and trainees, supported by the staff who are based at the College's London offices.

The College is a charity with over 11,500 members worldwide. The majority of members are doctors and scientists working in hospitals and universities in the UK.

The College oversees the training of pathologists and scientists working in 17 different specialties, which include cellular pathology, haematology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology.

Although some pathologists work in laboratories, many work directly with patients in hospitals and the community. Together they are involved in the majority of all diagnoses, as well as playing an important role in disease prevention, treatment and monitoring. If you have ever had a blood test, cervical smear or tissue biopsy, a pathologist will have been involved in your care.


The College offers a comprehensive variety of benefits to support your professional life and to maintain the correct standards of the specialty. Belonging to the College strengthens its ability to act on behalf of all pathologists.

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Annual report

The College is proud to support pathologists at every stage of their career and the 2022–2023 annual report represents just some of our work and initiatives from this year.

The annual report showcases how the College invests in its members and future pathologists, campaigns to raise the profile of pathology, and works with members and the public to improve health outcomes around the world.

Annual report 2022–2023