Update about recertification during the COVID-19 Situation
Important information for current members regarding recertification.
If you are due to recertify your Diploma, LoC, MFSRH, or FFSRH qualifications or FRT status this month or during the coming months, we realise that it may be difficult for you to meet all the recertification criteria due to the COVID-19 situation. To support you we have automatically given all our members an extra year to recertify, wherever they are in the recertification cycle.
For example, if you are not due to recertify until the end of February 2023, you will now have until the end of February 2024 to recertify. Anyone who is due for recertification this year will therefore also receive an extra year.
This process will happen automatically but if you are ready to recertify now you will still be able to do this in the usual way following the instructions below.
If your membership has expired or you paid a one-off fee for your qualifications, the extra year has not been applied to your qualifications. We will be able to able to apply the extra year if you pay the relevant membership fees.
LoC IUT / LoC SDI Recertification requirements
If you hold FSRH Letters of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques (LoC IUT) and/or Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Techniques (LoC SDI), we require recertification every five years. This is to ensure that you have developed and maintained the knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour needed to provide safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care (SRH).
Experienced Practitioners - Please note, if you have undertaken training at another provider some time ago, and your initial qualification was not awarded by FSRH we are not able to recertify this for you. However, there is a shortened pathway (less observed procedures) to achieving the Letters of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques and/or Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Techniques which takes into account past clinical experience . However, all parts of the programmes (including passing the eKA) need to be completed.
How do I apply for my Letter of Competence recertification?
You can apply for recertification by filling in the online form below.
Before filling in the online form, please have all the relevant information to hand before starting it, you will not be able to save it and then revisit it later, it must be completed in one sitting. You will also need a stable internet connection while completing the online form:
Form for Recertifying Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques (LoC IUT):
Form for Recertifying Letter of Competence in Subdermal Implant Techniques (LoC SDI):
Please make sure to apply for recertification not more than six months before your recertification date and no later than six weeks afterwards.
To apply successfully for recertification, you need to demonstrate:
- at least two credits of relevant CPD over the past five years
- completion of the relevant e-SRH module (for NHS professionals) or Faculty-approved distance learning (for non-NHS professionals)
- proof of basic life support and anaphylaxis training
- a log of IUT insertions
- a log of SDI insertions and/or removals
You can find more information on each of these requirements below. You can also find a calendar of CPD courses, meetings and events on this website.
Read some FAQs about Letters of Competence Recertification.
How do I find out my recertification date?
You can find out your recertification date by logging into 'My FSRH' by clicking on 'Log in' at the top right of the website.
After logging in, click on the tile labelled 'My completed Qualifications' to see your review date.
You will then see a screen showing your qualifications, your initial date of award. Your 'Next review' date shows you when recertification is due for each of your qualifications.
You can also view your recertification date via our Training Hub.
What are the CPD Requirements for my Letter of Competence recertification?
To recertify for either LoC IUT or LoC SDI, you need to collect at least two credits of CPD activity over the past five years. This activity must be relevant to IUT / SDI, and may be gained in the following ways.
- Attendance at courses/meetings relevant to SDI
Evidence: certificate of attendance, programme of meeting and brief reflection on how this will influence your future practice.
Reading of appropriate current peer reviewed publications e.g. JFPRHC, BMJ
Evidence: reference of article, and brief reflection on how this will influence your future practice: 1 CPD credit per article
Reading of FSRH CEU guidelines on subdermal contraceptive implant methods and completion of self-assessment questions Reading: 1 CPD credit and completion of self-assessment questions: 1 CPD credit. This may not be counted towards CPD if used to fulfil section 3.
Evidence of reading: date read and brief reflection on how this will influence your future practice. Evidence of questions: mark sheet, date completed and brief reflection on how this will influence your future practice.
Peer observation: For LoC IR you can claim 1 CPD credit for observing a peer perform an insertion or removal and giving feedback afterwards, 1 CPD credit for being observed performing an insertion or removal by a peer and discussing feedback afterwards.
For LoC IO you can claim 1 CPD credit for observing a peer perform an insertion and giving feedback afterwards, 1 CPD credit for being observed performing an insertion by a peer and discussing feedback afterwards.
- For LoC RO you can claim 1 CPD credit for observing a peer perform a removal and giving feedback afterwards, 1 CPD credit for being observed performing a removal by a peer and discussing feedback afterwards.The observer/person being observed must hold a current LoC SDI. Evidence: date and name of observer/person being observed and brief outline of what you learned from this, either as an observer or from being observed)
- Audit of SDI – personal or local
Evidence: date, summary of audit, brief description of your role in audit: 1 CPD credit
What evidence of CPD do I need to submit?
You do not always need evidence of CPD activity when you are applying for recertification. However, the General Training Committee audits 10% of all applications and reserves the right to ask for supporting documentation for all your activity.
What other requirements and resources are there for my ongoing CPD?
If you are an NHS professional, you must also complete e-SRH module 18 (for LoC IUT) or e-SRH module 17 (for LoC SDI) during the two years before your recertification date.
To access the e-SRH learning modules, please register with e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH).
If you are not an NHS professional, you may instead complete Faculty-approved distance learning e.g. the latest CEU IUT / CEU SDI guidance and self-assessment questions.
You should also be up-to-date with basic life support and anaphylaxis training in accordance with your employer’s policy.
Finally, please submit a log covering a consecutive 12 month period that started no more than 24 months before your recertification date.
- For LoC IUT, this log should show 12 insertions, showing at least two different types of IUT method in conscious women.
- For LoC SDI Insertion and Removal (LoC SDI-IR), the log should show 6 procedures including at least one insertion and one removal.
- For LoC SDI Insertion only (LoC SDI-IO), for individuals who work in an abortion or maternity services, the log will need to show a minimum of 6 insertions.
- For LoC SDI Removal only (LoC SDI-RO), for individuals who work in deep implant services, the log will need to show a minimum of 6 removals.
Women's Health Library
Bringing together national guidance, resources produced and accredited by the RCGP, and resources from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), the Women's Health Library is a resource relevant to GPs and other primary healthcare professionals.
The Library is divided into four sections for ease of use with the free resources clearly marked:
- Maternal Health
- Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Peri/Post Menopause
Access the library here.
I'm late for my recertification, what should I do?
If you apply for recertification more than six weeks after your recertification date, you must:
1. gain the necessary CPD credits and the Basic Life Support and anaphylaxis training outlined above
2. complete the relevant e-SRH module no more than 12 months before your recertification application date (as opposed to within 24 months of recertification date)
3. provide a log (described above) covering a consecutive 12 month period within 24 months of your recertification application date (as opposed to recertification date)
4. stop training or supervising anybody working towards an LoC.
If you are absent for more than a year and wish to apply for an extension on your recertification date, please fill in our extension request form and we will get back to you shortly.
If it is 10 years or more since your qualification was awarded or last recertified, you will need to retake the full training programme for your qualification. For Letters of Competence, this may be via the experienced practitioner route, if appropriate.
I'm a lapsed FSRH member and I want to recertify my qualification, what are the next steps?
FSRH Council believes that membership of the FSRH – and therefore access to the latest clinical guidance, standards, Journal, CPD questions and regular updates – is an important part of the membership and recertification process. The rules surrounding back payment of subscriptions were tightened up in 2015 by FSRH Council.
Recertification is free to current FSRH members. Recertification is one of our member benefits and supports you professionally in a number of ways.
It helps you to:
- demonstrate the learning outcomes achieved from your qualification(s) have been maintained
- show you have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour needed to provide safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care (SRH)
- meet the requirements of commissioners, who often require clinicians to have certified qualifications
If your membership has lapsed and you would like to re-join FSRH past the 31 March cut-off date for the current membership year or after one or more years, you will be required to pay back your 'missing' years to ensure you have continuous membership which is required for recertifying your primary qualification.
You can easily do this by contacting us by phone or email, click here to read through our FAQs available on the Contact us page. We can take payment by phone using a debit or credit card, it will take a few minutes to do this for you.
You can also pay for a one-off recertification for Letters of Competence qualification. This is £400 per LoC. This option is not available for Diploma recertification. You can pay your Diploma membership back fees by telephone on the above number.
Read more information for lapsed members here.
How much will I be required to pay to renew my membership?
& Annual Fee amount (2021)
2 years (2020 and 2021) - £222
3 years (2019, 2020 and 2021) - £333
4 years (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021) - £444
5 years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021)- £555
2 years (2020 and 2021) - £188
3 years (2019, 2020 and 2021) - £282
4 years (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021) - £376
5 years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021)- £470
2 years (2020 and 2021) - £470
3 years (2019, 2020 and 2021) - £705
4 years (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021) - £940
5 years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021) - £1175
Intellectual Property Rights
All intellectual property rights for any FSRH qualification including documents, materials and content belonging to and produced by the FSRH should not be used for purposes other than FSRH training. Should you wish to use any of the IPR for purposes other than FSRH training you must seek the FSRH’s approval in writing with your request via our copyright request form. We aim to respond to submissions of this nature within one working week.
If you need any more help with recertification, please read through our FAQs available on the Contact us page.