About the College


The Royal College of Emergency Medicine works to ensure high quality care for patients by setting and monitoring standards of care in emergency departments, as well as providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.

The College aims to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. It is responsible for setting standards of training and administering examinations in Emergency Medicine for the award of Fellowship and Membership of the College, as well as recommending trainees for CCT in Emergency Medicine.

In February 2015 the College was granted the title Royal, having previously being known as The College of Emergency Medicine after a Royal Charter was gained in February 2008.

The College now numbers over 10,000 Fellows and Members registered internationally and works to represent both its members and the interests of patients.

The College supports and takes an active interest in the work of the European Society for Emergency Medicine and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.

For more information about the aims an objectives of the College please read our Corporate Plan 2015-2020.

What is emergency medicine?

Emergency Medicine is defined as: “Emergency Medicine is a field of practice based on the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders. It further encompasses an understanding of the development of pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical systems and the skills necessary for this development.”

International Federation for Emergency Medicine, 1991

Contact us

You can contact us here or via one of the following:

Tel: 020 7404 1999

Twitter: @RCollEM @RCEMPresident

Instagram: @rcollem

Please be aware that RCEM has two sites, so please make sure that you check the details for the correct location:

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
7-9 Bream's Buildings
Chancery Lane
London EC4A 1DT

Education, Exams & Events Centre
Octavia House
54 Ayres Street

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal

Registered Charity number: 1122689 | Registered Charity number in Scotland: SC044373