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Committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

Ian Paterson case

RCS President and Vice-Presidents reassure the public but call for ‘An equal focus on patient safety in both the private and public sectors'.

Read the press release

Call for review of private sector transparency and safety standards

Closure of the Hunterian Museum

In preparation for a transformation of the RCS from Summer 2017 to Autumn 2020, the Hunterian Museum has now closed.

Building on our heritage

from now until Autumn 2020

Do you perform cosmetic surgery?

The new certification scheme is now open. Demonstrate your standards and help make cosmetic surgery safer.

About certification

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Find out more and join today

Whatever stage of your surgical career you’re at, RCS membership will provide you with the knowledge, skills and development and support you need.

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Donate to the RCS

The RCS is a charity and relies on your support to fund research, training and conserving our heritage collections - all in the aim of advancing surgical care.

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Conserve our collections

Illustration of a skeleton and rhino from:

Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani

by Albinus 1747