How do I recertify my Diploma (DFSRH)?

Modified on Mon, 04 Jul 2022 at 11:35 AM

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.

What is recertification and why is it important?

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.   

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).

What topic areas do I need to cover?

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

Some examples include: 

1. Basic Anatomy and Physiology

2. Health History and Risk Assessment

3. Contraceptive Choices

4. Emergency Contraception

5. Contraception: Managing Side-effects and Complications of Use

6. Planning Pregnancy

7. Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

8. Early Pregnancy

9. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

10. Needs of Specific Groups

11. Adult and Child/Young Person Safeguarding

12. Psychosexual medicine

13. Cervical Screening

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.

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. 

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

If you apply for Diploma recertification more than six months 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.

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.

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 which can be found on our Diploma webpage

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 by raising a ticket. You will need to pay your backdated membership fees – at current subscription levels (2022’s rate is £114 per year).

I'm a lapsed Diplomate; what are my options?

There are four options open to you:

1. Re-join us and pay your back fees. You can then recertify your Diploma and/or Letter of Competence (LoC) qualifications at no extra charge as this is one of your member benefits. View all our member benefits here.

2. Pay a non-member rate to recertify each Letter of Competence (LoC) at a cost of £368 per LoC. No member benefits are available with this option. If you wish to recertify your Diploma, you will need to be a Diplomate member with us.

3. Re-join us as a new Associate member. This enables you to recertify your LoCs and access member benefits. However, this means you are relinquishing the right to recertify your Diploma qualification now or at any time in the future. If you would like to recertify your Diploma (either now or in the future), option one would be recommended.

4. Rather than pay back subscriptions you could re-train for the Diploma. You will also have to make payments to local providers.

To re-join, please contact us by raising a ticket.

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