Recertification Requirements of Diploma (DFSRH)

What is recertification and why is it important?Recertification Guidance Diploma

As a Diplomate member, we require you to recertify your qualification every five years. 

This enables you to:

  • demonstrate the learning outcomes achieved from your Diploma qualification 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 
  • showcase your competence as a SRH leader with a nationally recognised qualification
  • provide evidence to support your appraisals and revalidation.   

FSRH Diploma Recertification Guide

How can I complete my Diploma recertification?

Recertifying your Diploma qualification is very straightforward.

Before filling in the online form, please have all the relevant information to hand before starting, you will not be able to save the form and then revisit later, the form must be completed in one sitting. You will also need a stable internet connection while completing the online form.

Simply complete the online form for your Diploma recertification (DFSRH/NFSRH). This form is easy to use and we would recommend this option.

If you would prefer, you can also download a paper version, scan and email this to

Which topic areas do I need to cover?

To recertify, you must demonstrate the FSRH Diploma learning outcomes have been maintained and developed.

Recertification Guidance Diploma

These include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive systems
  • Principles of SRH delivery – confidentiality and the law
  • Contraception methods – hormonal, intra-uterine, post-coital, barrier, emergency, fertility awareness methods and surgical
  • Managing fertility/infertility
  • Pregnancy – planned/unplanned
  • Genitourinary medicine – sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDs
  • Delivering SRH consultations – equality, diversity, non-judgemental attitude
  • Pyschosexual difficulties – relationship issues and gender identity
  • Sexual assault
  • National screening/vaccination programmes relevant to SRH (e.g. cervical cytology, chlamydia, HPV, rubella)
  • Working with young people.

View a full list of the Diploma learning outcomes.

Useful resources for recertification - RCGP's 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
  • Pre-Menopause
  • Peri/Post Menopause

Access the library here.

When do I recertify?

Recertification is due after five years. Your recertification due date will be shared with you once you complete your Diploma. You should apply for recertification not more than six months before your recertification date, and no later than six weeks afterwards. 

We will remind you via email six and three months before this is due. You can also find your recertification date in the FSRH members’ area ‘My FSRH’ under 'My completed qualifications’.

I'm late for my recertification for my Diploma - what do I need to do?

If you apply for Diploma recertification more than six weeks after your recertification date, you must take an extra five CPD credits to cover the time lapse.
This brings your total CPD requirement to 15 credits, at least ten of which must be from activities listed in section one above.

Please note that you can only do this once. Applying late for recertification a second time, or having a gap of 10 years or more, means that you must retake the full Diploma training programme.

If you would like to apply for an extension on your recertification date, please email with the reasons for your request.

What evidence do I need to recertify?

You will need to collect at least 10 credits of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity over the past five years. 

This activity must be relevant to the Diploma learning outcomes. You must have gained at least 2.5 CPD credits within 24 months of your recertification date.

When will my recertification be confirmed?

At the moment we are slightly behind with our processing of Diploma recertification so there will be a delay in processing your recertification. We aim to process your recertification as soon as we can. Please bear with us during this busy time. 

Is there a charge to recertify?

There is no charge to recertify as this is a benefit included in your annual membership fee. However, you must have paid your membership fee continuously for the five years leading up to recertifying.

If you have not, and wish to recertify, please contact us at or 020 7724 5534 to discuss your options. You will need to pay your backdated membership fees – at current subscription levels (2019’s rate is £104 per year).


Click on the front cover to download our Diploma recertification guide

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