Australian and New Zealand pathologists who are not engaged in pathology practice (eg, haematologists or anatomical pathologists who are involved in clinical, academic or managerial work rather than lab-based pathology) may elect to become a ‘non-practising’ Fellow.
This status removes the obligation to submit CPD but Fellowship remains otherwise unaffected. There is no variation in fees accompanying non-practising status.
As CPD participation is generally a condition of re-registration as a practicing specialist, it is the responsibility of the Fellow to notify AHPRA or the MCNZ of their non-participation in the College’s CPD program. Both registering bodies offer a non-practicing specialist registration status.
Fellows intending to re-enter pathology practice at some future date are strongly advised to maintain their CPDP participation and compliance where possible, as stringent conditions apply to recommencement of practice. These conditions align with the Medical Board of Australia’s Recency of Practice Standard and the College’s Absence from Practice policy – see page 3 of the CPD Information Manual for further information.
Fellows not intending to return to practice may elect to cease membership of the College, but should note that this precludes further use of RCPA post-nominals.