RANZCOG Regulations

The RANZCOG Regulations guide the conduct and management of the College. 

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  • Introduction and amendments
  • Section A – Governance
  • Section B – Membership/Fellowship Training
  • Section C – Subspecialty Training
  • Section D – Assessment of Specialist International Medical Graduates
  • Section E – Certificate and Procedural training programs
  • Section F – Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Introduction

    Pursuant to the College constitution, the Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has approved a revised set of regulations, comprising seven sections, which take effect from 1 December 2013 and replace all regulations previously in operation.

    Section A           Governance
    Section B           Membership/Fellowship Training
    Section C           Subspecialty Training
    Section D           Assessment of Specialist International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
    Section E           Certificate and Procedural Training Programs
    Section F           Recertification

    These regulations should be read in conjunction with all relevant College policies as from time to time approved by the RANZCOG Board. To the extent that there is any inconsistency, the regulations shall prevail.

    The College may amend these regulations from time to time and will promulgate all amendments via the RANZCOG website. Amendments may change, alter, add or remove any provisions of the regulations, and, if made, will apply with effect from the date of the Board meeting at which they are approved (unless stated by RANZCOG otherwise).

    RANZCOG may interpret these rules, including to address any inconsistencies, inaccuracies or unclear provisions. RANZCOG may promulgate any interpretation of these regulations via the RANZCOG website. Such interpretation shall apply with effect from the date of promulgation (unless stated by RANZCOG otherwise).

    Copyright / Disclaimer

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    This work is subject to copyright under the laws of Australia and, through international treaties, other countries. Apart from any use as permitted by law, no part may be copied, adapted, reproduced or stored in a retrieval system or made available to the public by any means or process without written permission from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Requests and enquiries concerning reproduction should be directed to the Chief Executive Officer, RANZCOG, 1 Bowen Crescent, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia.


    Amendments to the Regulations

    Following recent decisions of the RANZCOG Board, a number of amendments have been made to the Regulations. A list of revised regulation updates is provided for reference.


    Updated
    28 February 2024

    A — GOVERNANCE

    A1 Categories of Membership

    A1.1 Member

    A1.1.1     Pursuant to clause 3.2 of the RANZCOG Constitution and prior to 1 July 2016, the Board may admit as a Member persons who have met either of the following requirements:

    A1.1.1.1

    Trainees who have completed all requirements of the Basic Training component of the FRANZCOG Training Program, including any associated administrative requirements.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    A1.1.1.2

    International Medical Graduates who have satisfied such requirements as prescribed by the Board, including any associated administrative requirements.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2015]

    A1.1.2     Pursuant to clause 3.2 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the Board will continue to recognise as a Member those persons who were admitted as a Member of the College prior to 1 July 2016.

     [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2015]

    A1.1.3     RANZCOG Members must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.2 Fellow

    A1.2.1     Pursuant to clause 3.3 of the RANZCOG Constitution the Board may admit as a Fellow person who have met either of the following requirements:

    A1.2.1.1

    Trainees who have completed all requirements of the Basic and Advanced Training components of the FRANZCOG Training Program, including any associated administrative requirements.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    A1.2.1.2

    International Medical Graduates who have completed the requirements for Fellowship of the RANZCOG (FRANZCOG) as specified by the Board, including any associated administrative requirements.

    A1.2.2     Applicants for elevation to Fellowship must complete all administrative requirements, including completion of relevant documents and payment of any necessary fees within six (6) months of the Fellowship elevation date or the date of the Board meeting at which their application for elevation to Fellowship is approved, whichever is the latter, or the offer of Fellowship will lapse and an additional application will need to be made.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2015]

    A1.2.3     Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) will be awarded pursuant to all relevant RANZCOG regulations.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023]

    A1.2.4     As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    A1.2.5     The annual subscription for a RANZCOG Fellow will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.2.6     Fellows identified as having 35 years or more continuous Fellowship with the College shall be awarded 35-Year Fellowship.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2020]

    A1.2.7     While certified according to the requirements as prescribed by the College, a RANZCOG Fellow will be entitled to acknowledge their membership status on his/her Curriculum Vitae; with the associated post nominal being ‘FRANZCOG’.

    A1.2.8     RANZCOG Fellows will receive electronic access to all College publications including resources offered through its eLearning platform.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2023]

    A1.2.9     A RANZCOG Fellowship shall be for an initial period of one year and the Board shall renew membership from time to time for further period of one year provided that Fellows continue to fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by the College, including annual payment of the applicable subscription fee and compliance with continuing professional development requirements.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.2.10  RANZCOG Fellows must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.2.11   RANZCOG Fellowship may also be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 respectively of the RANZCOG Constitution and the processes outlined in the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) regulations. RANZCOG Fellows are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.2.12     Regional Fellow

    A1.2.12.1

    A Regional Fellow is any RANZCOG Fellow whose primary place of work is located in a regional, rural and/or remote area classification as defined by the Australian Government Department of Health’s current Health Workforce Locator classification system (based on data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics).

    Regional, rural and/or remote area classification via the Health Workforce Locator classification system = MMM2-7.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023]

    A1.3 Honorary Fellow

    A1.3.1     Pursuant to clause 3.7 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the Board may confer Honorary Fellowship upon ‘obstetricians and gynaecologists of renown, distinguished members of the medical profession and other eminent persons, whether or not those eminent persons are members of the medical profession’.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.3.2     The College may confer Honorary Fellowship on an individual who is a member of the College in any category other than Fellow.

    A1.3.3     Honorary Fellows shall have the same powers, privileges and liabilities as a Fellow, but shall not be required to:

    a)

    pay any entrance fee or annual subscription

    b)

    satisfy the College’s professional development requirements

    A1.3.4     Honorary Fellows are entitled to use the post-nominal ‘FRANZCOG (Hon)’.

    A1.3.5     Honorary Fellows will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2023]

    A1.3.6     Honorary Fellows shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.3.7     Honorary Fellows must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.3.8     Membership as an Honorary Fellow may also be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) regulations. Honorary Fellows are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.4 Retired Fellow

    A1.4.1     ‘Retired Fellow’ is a subclass of FRANZCOG membership. A Retired Fellow is defined as a Fellow of the College who has completely and permanently retired from practice as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist and is no longer practising nor registered as a medical practitioner in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.4.2     If a Fellow practices in another specialist field and remains registered as a medical practitioner in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, they will continue as a Fellow of the College and will not be exempt from any regulatory continuing professional development requirements.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.4.3     A Fellow who meets the requirements of Regulation A1.3.1, wishing to be recognised as a Retired Fellow, must apply in writing to the College on the form prescribed by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.4.4     Pursuant to the RANZCOG Constitution, Retired Fellows shall be granted Fellowship for life and shall have the same powers, privileges and liabilities as a Fellow, but shall:

    a)

    be exempt from any professional development requirements; and

    b)

    not be subject to any College policy, procedure or regulation which the Board prescribes is, in full or in part, only applicable to a particular class of Fellows.

    A1.4.5     A Retired Fellow will be entitled to acknowledge their membership status on his/her Curriculum Vitae; with the associated post nominal being ‘FRANZCOG (Ret)’.

    A1.4.6     Any Retired Fellow who subsequently resumes practice or wishes to undertake any specialist obstetric or gynaecological work must advise the College forthwith and undertake such professional development activities as are deemed appropriate by the RANZCOG Board.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023]

    A1.4.7     Retired Fellows must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.5 Diplomate

    A1.5.1     On and from 12 February 2024, the Board may not admit any further medical practitioners as a Diplomate. This regulation does not affect the continuing rights of Diplomates admitted before 12 February 2024.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.5.2     As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    A1.5.3     The annual subscription for a Diplomate will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.5.4     A Diplomate will be entitled to acknowledge their membership status on his/her Curriculum Vitae; with the associated post nominal being ‘DRANZCOG’ or ‘DRANZCOG (Adv)’.

    A1.5.5     Diplomates will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2023]

    A1.5.6     A Diplomate shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.5.7     A Diplomate shall retain their membership status so long as they continue to fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by the College, including annual payment of the applicable subscription fee and compliance with continuing professional development requirements.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023]

    A1.5.8  Diplomates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.5.9     Diplomate membership may also be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) regulations. Diplomates are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.5.10    Retired Diplomate

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023]

    A1.5.10.1    A Retired Diplomate is defined as a Diplomate Member of RANZCOG who has completely and permanently retired from all clinical practice and is no longer practising or registered as a medical practitioner.

    A1.5.10.2    Where the Diplomate Member continues to practice in another specialist field or remains registered as a medical practitioner in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, they will continue as a Diplomate Member of the College and will not be exempt from any professional development requirements as per F3 of this regulation.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.5.10.3    Pursuant to the RANZCOG Constitution 3.4.3, Retired Diplomates will be granted Diplomate Membership for life and will have the same powers, privileges and liabilities as a Diplomate Member, but will:

    a)

    be exempt from any professional development requirements; and

    b)

    not be subject to any RANZCOG policy, procedure or regulation which the Board prescribes is, in full or in part, only applicable to a particular class of Diplomates.

    A1.5.10.4    A Retired Diplomate will be entitled to acknowledge their membership status on their Curriculum Vitae; with the associated post nominal being ‘DRANZCOG (Ret)’.

    A1.5.10.5    Any Retired Diplomate who subsequently resumes active practice must advise the College forthwith and undertake such professional development activities as per F3 of this regulation.

    A1.5.10.6    Retired Diplomates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    A1.6 Affiliate Member

    A1.6.1     Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may admit as an Affiliate Member (which does not confer Educational Affiliateship, International Affiliateship, Prevocational Affiliateship, Trainee Affiliateship or CPD Affiliateship)any medical practitioner who holds a specialist qualification in the area of obstetrics and gynaecology that was not awarded by the College and who is practising unsupervised providing specialist women’s health services in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific Islands or Timor-Leste. Affiliate Members shall for the time being include, but not be limited to:

    A1.6.1.1

    Affiliate Member Australia – suitably qualified medical practitioners, who hold qualifications not awarded by the College and who have been recognised as a specialist by the Health Insurance Commission;

    A1.6.1.2

    Affiliate Member Aotearoa New Zealand – suitably qualified medical practitioners, who were not trained in Australia or New Zealand and who are registered within a vocational scope of practice by the Medical Council of New Zealand;

    A1.6.1.3

    Affiliate Member Pacific – suitably qualified medical practitioners resident in and working in the Pacific Islands or other Countries and/or Territories approved by the Board from time to time, who hold a specialist qualification not awarded by the College and/or who are recognised by their Country’s medical authority as a specialist.

    The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee shall support the RANZCOG Board by considering applications for Affiliate Membership Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The Global Health Committee (GHC) shall support the RANZCOG Board by considering applications for Affiliate Membership Pacific.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.6.2     Admission to the College as an Affiliate Member is not complete until all administrative and other requirements set by the College have been met. This includes payment of all applicable fees. Applicants have two (2) months from the date of the offer of Affiliate Membership in which to pay the applicable fee(s). If this requirement is not met by that time, the offer of Affiliate Membership will lapse and the applicant must re-apply.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.6.3     Affiliate Members admitted under Regulation A1.6.1.3, who move outside of the Pacific Islands or other Countries and/or territories approved by the Board from time to time, for a period of not more than twelve (12) months shall be entitled to retain their membership of the College as an Affiliate Member resident and practising in a Pacific Island Country/Territory, subject to satisfactory completion of all continuing professional development and other administrative requirements. Affiliate Members admitted under Regulation A1.6.1.3 who work outside of the Pacific Islands or other Countries and/or Territories approved by the Board from time to time for more than 12 months will be advised of the intention to remove their membership of the College as an Affiliate Member admitted under Regulation A1.6.1.3 unless they are able to provide evidence that they have returned to a Pacific Island Country or other Country/Territory approved by the Board from time to time, or are able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements for membership of the College under another category of membership and make application for that category pursuant to all terms and conditions relevant at the time.

    A1.6.4     Continuing Professional Development Requirements for Affiliate Members

    A1.6.4.1

    The College requires Affiliate Members who are practicing in Australia or New Zealand in accordance with A1.6.1.1 and A1.6.1.2, to participate in and satisfactorily complete such continuing professional development activities as that required of a RANZCOG Fellow in active clinical practice that the College may approve for that purpose from time to time.

    A1.6.4.2

    The College requires Affiliate Members who are practicing in the Pacific Islands or other Countries/Territories in accordance with A1.6.1.3, to participate in and satisfactorily complete such continuing professional development activities as defined by the Global Health Committee (GHC).

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.6.5     As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2017]

    A1.6.6      Annual Subscription Fee

    A1.6.6.1

    The annual subscription for an Affiliate Member admitted under Regulation A1.6.1.1 or A1.6.1.2 will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.6.6.2

    No annual subscription fee will be payable by Affiliate Members admitted under Regulation A1.6.1.3.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.6.7      An Affiliate Member will be entitled to acknowledge their Affiliate Member status on his/her Curriculum Vitae; however, as this is not a qualification, there is no associated post nominal.

    A1.6.8     An Affiliate Member shall retain their status so long as they pay all applicable subscriptions and continue to fulfil all terms and conditions from time to time prescribed by the College, including participation in the relevant required continuing professional development in accordance with A1.6.4.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.6.9     Affiliate Members will receive access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.6.10   An Affiliate Member shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.6.11   Affiliate Members must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.6.12   Affiliate Members may also be terminated pursuant to clause 5 of the RANZCOG Constitution and the processes outlined in the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) regulations. Associate Members are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

     [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.7 Educational Affiliate

    A1.7.1     Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the Board may admit as an Educational Affiliate (which does not confer Affiliate Membership, International Affiliateship, Prevocational Affiliateship, Trainee Affiliateship, Midwife Affiliateship or CPD Affiliateship):

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.7.1.1

    any registered medical practitioner who is working as a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology or more broadly in women’s health in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand and who is not a Fellow of the College and is not eligible for membership as an Affiliate Member as outlined in Regulation A1.6 above. This shall for the time being include, but not be limited to:

    medical practitioners whose qualifications, training and experience have been assessed by the College as sufficient to enable them to practise safely with supervision in a specific position of workforce shortage in Australia;

    suitably qualified medical practitioners, who were not trained in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand and who are registered within a provisional vocational scope of practice (supervision or assessment) by the Medical Council of New Zealand;

    medical practitioners, who were not trained in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand and who have been assessed as either partially or substantially comparable to an Australian or Aotearoa New Zealand-trained specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology or RANZCOG-trained subspecialist; Or

    medical practitioner who has been assessed by the relevant Subspeciality Committee and approved to work to a limited scope of practice.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.7.1.2

    medical practitioners who are Fellows of other Australasian medical colleges and whose practice is principally in the area of women’s health;

    A1.7.1.3

    public hospital Career Medical Officers who practice principally in the area of women’s health.

    The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee shall support the RANZCOG Board by considering applications for Educational Affiliate membership (non-SIMG).

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2020]

    A1.7.2     Admission to the College as an Educational Affiliate is not complete until all administrative and other requirements (including payment of all relevant fees) set by the College have been met. Applicants have two (2) months from the date of the offer of membership in which to pay the required subscription fee(s). If this requirement is not met by that time, the offer of membership as an Educational Affiliate will lapse and the applicant must re-apply.

    A1.7.3     Unless specifically mandated by the RANZCOG Board for any of the groups defined in Regulation A1.7.1 an Educational Affiliate will not be required to participate in defined continuing professional development activities in order to retain their status as an Educational Affiliate. They will be encouraged to participate in the College’s professional development activities, including attendance at the College’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

    For those defined in A1.7.1, they will have to participate in continuing professional development as required by the RANZCOG Board or CPD Committee.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023]

    A1.7.4     Unless required to undertake alternative, specific activities by the Board under Regulation A1.7.3 above, Educational Affiliates may apply to participate in the RANZCOG CPD program.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023]

    A1.7.5     As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2020]

    A1.7.6     The annual subscription for an Educational Affiliate described under all of the classes nominated above will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.7.7     The fees payable for participation in the RANZCOG CPD program either as required under Regulation A1.7.3, or elected under Regulation A1.7.4 above, shall be as determined by the RANZCOG Board for that purpose from time to time.

    A1.7.8     An Educational Affiliate shall retain their status so long as they continue to fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by the College.

    A1.7.9     Educational Affiliates will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2023]

    A1.7.10   An Educational Affiliate shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.7.11   An Educational Affiliate shall retain their status so long as they continue to fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by the College, including annual payment of the applicable subscription fee.

    A1.7.12   Educational Affiliates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.7.13   As members of the College, Educational Affiliates are expected to display standards of practice and ethics as outlined in the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and similar documents. Where the College becomes aware of a particular matter or conduct by an Educational Affiliate that is considered to be a breach of the Code, or which otherwise falls under the auspices of the College Professional Standards Committee (PSC), the matter or conduct may be referred by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the processes outlined in the regulations relating to the PSC.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.7.14   Membership may be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the PSC regulations. Educational Affiliate members are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.8 Certificant

    A1.8.1     Pursuant to clause 3.1.5 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may admit as a Certificant persons who have met the following requirements:

    A1.8.1.1

    joined the Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH) Training Program and have satisfactorily completed all the requirements of the CWH Training Program, including any associated administrative requirements.

    A1.8.2      Admission to the College as a Certificant is not complete until all administrative and other requirements (including payment of all relevant fees) set by the College have been met. [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.8.3     Certification as a Certificant (ARANZCOG (Cert)) will be awarded by the College. Certificants must maintain ongoing continuing professional development requirements pursuant to all relevant RANZCOG regulations.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.8.4      As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2017]

    A1.8.5     The annual subscription for a Certificant will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.8.6      A Certificant will be entitled to acknowledge their membership status on his/her Curriculum Vitae; with the associated post nominal being ‘ARANZCOG (Cert)’ while currently certified according to the requirements as prescribed by the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.8.7     Certificants will receive access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2023

    A1.8.8     A Certificant shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.8.9      A Certificant shall retain their status so long as they continue to fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by the College, including annual payment of the applicable subscription fee.

    A1.8.10   Certificants must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020}

    A1.8.11   Certificant membership may also be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) regulations. Certificants are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.9 International Affiliate

    A1.9.1     Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may admit as an International Affiliate (which does not confer Affiliate Membership, Educational Affiliateship, Prevocational Affilateship, Trainee Affiliateship, Midwife Affiliateship or CPD Affiliateship) any registered medical practitioner who is working as a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology in countries other than Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, and who is not a Fellow of the College and is not eligible for membership as an Affiliate Member as outlined in Regulation A1.6 or as an Educational Affiliate in Regulation A1.7 above.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.9.2     Admission to the College as an International Affiliate is not complete until all administrative and other requirements (including payment of all relevant fees) set by the College have been met.

    A1.9.3     As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2017]

    A1.9.4     The annual subscription for an International Affiliate will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.9.5     An International Affiliate will be entitled to acknowledge their Affiliate status on their Curriculum Vitae. The associated post nominal ‘Int. Aff. RANZCOG’ can be used while currently admitted as an International Affiliate according to the requirements as prescribed by the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023]

    A1.9.6     International Affiliates will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.9.7     An International Affiliate shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.9.8    An International Affiliate shall retain their status so long as they continue to fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by the College, including annual payment of the applicable subscription fee.

    A1.9.9      International Affiliates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct  and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.9.10   As members of the College, International Affiliates are expected to display standards of practice and ethics as outlined in the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and similar documents. Where the College becomes aware of a particular matter or conduct by an International Affiliate that is considered to be a breach of the Code, or which otherwise falls under the auspices of the College Professional Standards Committee (PSC), the matter or conduct may be referred by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the processes outlined in the regulations relating to the PSC.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.9.11   Membership may be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the PSC regulations. International Affiliate members are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.9.12   Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may establish International Affiliate memberships with specific international O&G organisations where an MoU between RANZCOG and the corresponding O&G organisation has been signed.  Registered Medical Practitioners working as a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, who are members of an international O&G organisation with which RANZCOG has an MOU in place, will be eligible to apply for International Affiliate membership. Required evidence of registration status and fees will be determined by agreement with RANZCOG and the relevant international O&G organisation.

    A1.9.12.1 Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may admit as an International Affiliate any registered medical practitioner working as a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology in accordance with the MoU between specific international O&G organisations and RANZCOG under A1.9.12.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2023]

    A1.10 Prevocational Affiliate – RANZCOG and PVOGS

    A1.10.1   Members of The Prevocational Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society of Australia and New Zealand (PVOGS) are afforded RANZCOG Prevocational Affiliate Membership Status (which does not confer Affiliate Membership, Educational Affiliateship,  International Affiliateship, Trainee Affiliateship, Midwife Affiliateship or CPD Affiliateship), subject to additional provisions as listed below.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.10.2 Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may admit as a Prevocational Affiliate, students studying medicine at universities in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and prevocational doctors resident and practising in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

    A1.10.3   Applicants must complete a declaration in support of their application confirming their eligibility status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2018]

    A1.10.4   Admission to the College as a Prevocational Affiliate is not complete until all administrative and other requirements (including payment of all relevant fees) set by the College have been met.

    A1.10.5   As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2017]

    A1.10.6   The annual subscription for a Prevocational Affiliate will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.10.7   A Prevocational Affiliate will be entitled to acknowledge their Affiliate status on his/her Curriculum Vitae; however, as this is not a qualification, there is no associated post nominal.

    A1.10.8    Prevocational Affiliates will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2018]

    A1.10.9   A Prevocational Affiliate shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings of the College.

    A1.10.10 A Prevocational Affiliate shall retain their membership status so long as they continue to fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by the College, including annual payment of the applicable subscription fee.

    A1.10.11 Prevocational Affiliates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.10.12 As members of the College, Prevocational Affiliates are expected to display standards of practice and ethics as outlined in the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and similar documents. Where the College becomes aware of a particular matter or conduct by a Prevocational Affiliate that is considered to be a breach of the Code, or which otherwise falls under the auspices of the College Professional Standards Committee (PSC), the matter or conduct may be referred by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the processes outlined in the regulations relating to the PSC.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.10.13 Membership may be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the PSC regulations. Prevocational Affiliate members are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.[Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2024]

    A1.11 Trainee Affiliate

    A1.11.1    Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may admit as a Trainee Affiliate, trainees who have been accepted to the FRANZCOG Training Program and have been entered onto the College Register of Trainees.

    A1.11.2    As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2017]

    A1.11.3    Annual training fees will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2017]

    A1.11.4    FRANZCOG Trainees will be entitled to acknowledge their Trainee Affiliate status on his/her Curriculum Vitae; however, as this is not a qualification, there is no associated post nominal.

    A1.11.5    FRANZCOG Trainees will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources offered through its eLearning platform.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2023]

    A1.11.6    A Trainee Affiliate shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.11.7    A Trainee Affiliate shall retain their status so long as they remain in the FRANZCOG Training Program and continue to fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by the College, including all training and administrative requirements.

    A1.11.8  Trainee Affiliates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.11.9    Trainee removed from the FRANZCOG Training Program shall cease to be a Trainee Affiliate. Trainee Affiliate membership may also be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) regulations. Trainee Affiliates are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2024]

    A1.12 Midwife Affiliate

    A1.12.1   Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may admit as a Midwife Affiliate (which does not confer  Affiliate Membership, Educational Affiliateship, International Affiliateship, Prevocational Affiliateship, Trainee Affiliateship or CPD Affiliateship), midwives who hold general midwifery registration with the Nursing and

    Midwifery Board of Australia or a practising certificate with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.12.2   Admission to the College as a Midwife Affiliate is not complete until all administrative and other requirements (including payment of all relevant fees) set by the College have been met. Applicants have two (2) months from the date of the offer of Midwife Affiliate membership in which to pay the applicable fee(s). If this requirement is not met by that time, the offer of Midwife Affiliate membership will lapse, and the applicant must re-apply. The annual subscription for a Midwife Affiliate will be set by the College Board.

    A1.12.3   As per its Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    A1.12.4  The annual subscription for a Midwife Affiliate will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.12.5   A Midwife Affiliate will be entitled to acknowledge their Affiliate status on his/her Curriculum Vitae; however, as this is not a qualification, there is no associated post nominal.

    A1.12.6  Midwife Affiliates will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2023]

    A1.12.7   A Midwife Affiliate shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.12.8  A Midwife Affiliate shall retain their membership status so long as they continue to fulfil all terms and  conditions prescribed by the College, including annual payment of the applicable subscription fee.

    A1.12.9    Midwife Affiliates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.12.10 As members of the College, Midwife Affiliates are expected to display standards of practice and ethics as outlined in the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and similar documents. Where the College becomes aware of a particular matter or conduct by a Midwife Affiliate that is considered to be a breach of the Code, or which otherwise falls under the auspices of the College Professional Standards Committee (PSC), the matter or conduct may be referred by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the processes outlined in the regulations relating to the PSC.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A1.12.11 Membership may be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the PSC regulations. Midwife Affiliate members are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.13 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Affiliate

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, June 2023 — Creation of a new membership class, CPD Affiliate]

    A1.13.1 Pursuant to clause 3.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the RANZCOG Board may admit to the RANZCOG CPD Program as a CPD Affiliate (which does not confer  Affiliate Membership, Educational Affliateship, International Affiliateship, Prevocational Affiliateship, Trainee Affiliateship or Midwife Affiliateship) a registered doctor in Australia or a provisionally vocationally registered or vocationally registered doctor in Aotearoa New Zealand and who is not a Fellow of the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.13.2 Pursuant to clause 3.9 of the RANZCOG Constitution, the Board has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.13.3 Admission as a CPD Affiliate is not complete until all administrative and other requirements (including payment of all relevant fees) set by RANZCOG have been met. Applicants have two (2) months from the date of the offer of membership in which to pay the required CPD program subscription fee. If this requirement is not met by that time, the offer of membership as a CPD Affiliate will lapse, and the applicant must re-apply.

    A1.13.4 The annual subscription for CPD Affiliates will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.13.5 CPD Affiliates will be entitled to acknowledge their status as a CPD Affiliate on their Curriculum Vitae; however, as this is not a qualification, there is no associated post nominal.

    A1.13.6 CPD Affiliates will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    A1.13.7 CPD Affiliates shall be entitled to attend and speak, but will not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.13.8   A CPD Affiliate will retain their status as long as they pay all applicable subscriptions and fulfil all terms and conditions prescribed by RANZCOG, including completion of the relevant CPD program and meeting administrative requirements.

    A1.13.9   CPD Affiliates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    A1.13.10   Where the College becomes aware of a particular matter or conduct by a CPD Affiliate that is considered to be a breach of the Code of Conduct, or which otherwise falls under the auspices of the College Professional Standards Committee (PSC), the matter or conduct may be referred by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the processes outlined in the regulations relating to the PSC.

    A1.13.11   Membership of a CPD Affiliate may also be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) regulations. CPD Affiliates are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstances arise that may affect their membership status.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A1.14 Associate Member

    On and from 12 February 2024, the Board may admit as an Associate Member (which is not to be confused with the former class of Associate Member now known as Affiliates under clause A1.6) persons who have met either of the following requirements:

    A1.14.1.1 Trainees who have completed all the requirements of the RANZCOG Associate (Procedural and Advanced Procedural), including any associated administrative requirements.

    A1.14.1.2 Holders of the New Zealand Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology or the RANZCOG Associate Training Program (Procedural) (PTP) or the RANZCOG Associate Training Program Procedural (APTP) who have satisfactorily completed all additional (including administrative) requirements as determined by the Board.

    A1.14.2 Admission to the College as an Associate Member is not complete until all administrative and other requirements (including payment of all relevant fees) set by the College have been met.

    A1.14.3 Certification as an Associate (ARANZCOG (P)/ARANZCOG ) (Adv P)) will be awarded. Associate members must maintain ongoing continuing professional development requirements pursuant to all relevant RANZCOG regulations.

    A1.14.4 As per Constitution, the College has the absolute right to refuse to admit to membership any person without giving any reason for that decision.

    A1.14.5 The annual subscription for an Associate will be set by the RANZCOG Board.

    A1.14.6 An Associate will be entitled to acknowledge their membership status on their Curriculum Vitae, with the associated post-nominal being ‘ARANZCOG (P)’ or ‘ARANZCOG (Adv. P).

    A1.14.7 Associates will receive electronic access to relevant College publications and resources afforded to Fellows of the College.

    A1.14.8 An Associate shall be entitled to attend and speak, but shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings.

    A1.14.9 An Associate shall retain their membership status so long as they continue to fulfil all their terms and conditions prescribed by the College, including annual payment of the applicable subscription fee and compliance with continuing professional development requirements.

    A1.14.10 Associates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    A1.14.11 Associate membership may also be suspended or terminated pursuant to clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution respectively and the processes outlined in the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) Regulations. Associates are required to inform the College Chief Executive Officer immediately should circumstance arise that may affect their membership status.

    A1.14.12 Retired Associate Member

    A1.14.12.1 A Retired Associate is defined as an Associate Member of RANZCOG who has completely and permanently retired from all clinical practice and is no longer practicing or registered as a medical practitioner.

    A1.14.12.2 Where the Associate Member continues to practice in another specialist field or remains registered as a medical practitioner in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, they will continue as an Associate Member of the College and will not be exempt from any professional development requirements as per F3 of this regulation.

    A1.14.12.3 Pursuant to the RANZCOG Constitution 3.5.3, Retired Associate Members will be granted Associate Membership for life and will have the same powers, privileges and liabilities as Associate Members, but will:

    a)

    Be exempt from any professional development requirements; and

    b)

    Not be subject to any RANZCOG policy, procedure or regulation which the Board prescribes is, in full, or in part, only applicable to a particular class of Associate.

    A1.14.12.4 A Retired Associate will be entitled to acknowledge their membership status on their Curriculum Vitae; with the associated post nominal being ‘ARANZCOG (Ret)’.

    A1.14.12.5 Any Retired Associate who subsequently resumes active practice must advise the College forthwith and undertake such professional development activities as per F3 of this regulation.

    A1.14.12.6 Retired Associates must comply with the RANZCOG Code of Conduct and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standard of professional and ethical behaviour expected by the College.

    Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]


    A2 Appeals procedures

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, August 2022 – Creation of a new Reconsideration, Review and Appeal of College Decisions Policy]

    A2.1 Policy

    A2.1.1     The College is committed to providing clear advice to its members and other individuals and organisations about those of its decisions that can reconsidered, reviewed, and formally appealed.

    The Reconsideration, Review and Appeal of College Decisions Policy (Policy) provide avenues for an Applicant who has been adversely affected by a College decision and has legitimate grounds to dispute a decision of the College, can challenge these decisions.

    There are three (3) phases where dispute to a decision can proceed:

    a)

    Reconsideration Phase

    b)

    Review Phase

    c)

    Formal Appeal

    The Reconsideration and Review Phase are internal review mechanisms that aim to resolve the matter within the College. The Appeal process involves external independent representatives and independent College Fellows that aim to provide resolution without having to result in legal procedures.

    Both internal review and the Appeal process are subject to procedural fairness and not bound by the rules of evidence.

    All proceedings and materials except where required by this Policy and law are kept confidential.

    A2.2 Guidelines

    A2.2.1     The Reconsideration, Review and Appeal of Decisions Policy provide an avenue to resolve a dispute against College’s decisions. However, not all College decisions can be disputed.

    Application submitted under this Policy will not be accepted where the Applicant seeks an exception from an approved policy or regulation. The Exceptional Circumstances and Special Consideration Policy must first be utilised where an individual believes there are exceptional circumstances that the College body when making its decision ought to consider. 

    This Policy is not intended to provide an avenue for any person to contest results awarded, decisions of assessors taken in or about any assessment, allegations of poor training or supervision or general grievances.

    A2.2.2     The College reserves the right to decline an application submitted under this Policy if an Applicant is unable to produce any reasonable or relevant evidence in support of the stated grounds on which the application is based.

    A2.2.3     The College Chief Executive Officer has the discretion to allow the process to commence at the ‘Review’ phase or to proceed directly to Appeals where they are satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances that make it justifiable and appropriate to do so.

    A2.3 Reconsideration of Decisions

    A2.3.1     Matters pertaining to disputed decisions should in the first instance be addressed to the Chairperson of the originating body for Reconsideration by the same committee or body which made the disputed decision.

    A2.3.2     An application for Reconsideration must be made within thirty (30) calendar days upon receipt of the notification of the outcome/examination results.

    A2.3.3     The Chairperson of the originating body will endeavour to provide an outcome within eight (8) weeks of receipt of the request for Reconsideration.

    A2.3.4     Following the determination’s notification, the Applicant, must advise the College within fourteen (14) calendar days whether they wish to proceed with the ‘Review’ phase.

    A2.4 Review procedures

    A2.4.1     Requests for review of a decision by the committee or body which has oversight of the disputed decision, or other body, as determined by the Chief Executive Officer, must be addressed in writing to the Chief Executive Officer within fourteen (14) calendar days from receipt of notification of Reconsideration outcomes.

    A2.4.2     The Chief Executive Officer will refer the matter to a Review Panel constituted under the Policy.

    A2.4.3     The College will endeavour to provide the Applicant with the outcome of the review by the Review Committee in writing within eight (8) weeks of the request, the document being subject to any obligations of privacy and confidentiality that may apply.

    A2.4.4     Following receipt of the notification of the Review’s outcome, an Applicant, within fourteen (14) days, must write to the Chief Executive Officer that they wish to Appeal.

    A2.5 Formal Appeals Procedure

    A2.5.1       An Applicant must inform the Chief Executive Officer of the intention to appeal in the first instance by email within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt of the outcome of the request.

    Formal appeals must be lodged in writing to the Chief Executive Officer within two (2) months of the receipt of notice of the outcome of the Review.

    A2.5.2       The Chief Executive Officer will convene an Appeals Committee under this Policy.

    A2.5.3     The Chief Executive Officer, on behalf of the Appeals Committee, will notify the Applicant in writing of the decision, and reasons for the decision, within three (3) weeks of the appeal hearing.

    A2.6 Approval authority

    A2.6.1      Amendments to this policy and the procedures shall be approved by the RANZCOG Board.

    A2.7 Implementation and Monitoring

    A2.7.1    The Chief Executive Officer shall be responsible for the implementation of the College’s Reconsideration, Review and Appeal of College Decisions Policy and their effectiveness pursuant to these regulations and any other relevant documents.


    A3 Professional Standards Committee

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2019 – Formation of Professional Standards Committee]

    A3.1 Purpose

    A3.1.1     The purpose of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) is to promote accepted standards of practice and ethics by members of the College by considering matters that may relate to breaches of the RANZCOG Code of Conduct or related College objectives, including complaints received from College members against other College members and notifications from recognised authorities (including employers), but not including complaints received from members of the public in regard to the personal or professional conduct of a College member.

    [Revised and Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, October 2020]

    A3.1.2     The PSC will operate in accordance with processes outlined in its Terms of Reference and any other relevant RANZCOG regulations.

    A3.2 Complaints and Referrals to the Committee

    A3.2.1     Where a written complaint is received by the College against a member by another member of the College, the complaint may be referred in accordance with the processes outlined in these regulations and/or other relevant College documents.

    A3.2.2     Where the College becomes aware of a particular matter(s) or conduct by a member that is considered to fall under the auspices of the PSC (including notifications from recognised authorities and employers), the matter may be referred by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the processes outlined in these regulations and any other relevant College documents.

    A3.2.3  A complaint shall be considered in accordance with the processes outlined in these regulations and/or other relevant College documents if it relates to the professional or ethical standards of conduct of a member or relates to the conduct of a member which affects the honour, good reputation, interests, or work of the College.

    A3.2.4  No complaint shall be considered unless it is in writing and includes the name and address of the person or persons making the complaint, or if referred under Regulation A3.2.2, in the name of the Chief Executive Officer.

    A3.2.5      Receipt of a complaint shall be acknowledged by the Chief Executive Officer in writing.

    A3.2.6     Pursuant to the above, any matter or complaint received by the Chief Executive Officer of the College, in consultation with the President, may be:

    a)

    referred to the PSC for consideration; or

    b)

    referred to the Board (or a subcommittee of the Board appointed for that purpose) for consideration; or

    c)

    referred to another committee or body of the College which may appropriately deal with the matter or complaint; or

    d)

    if it is considered that the matter or complaint may be of such a serious nature and may constitute serious professional misconduct, referred to any appropriate medical board or complaints authority (“Authority”); or

    e)

    returned to the person(s) from whom the complaint was received, advising that the matter be directed to a more appropriate Authority.

    A3.2.7  Before referring a matter or complaint pursuant to Regulation A3.2.6, consideration of the matter by the Chief Executive Officer and the President should include consideration of the following:

    a)

    whether the matter or complaint falls within the scope of the Terms of Reference of the PSC;

    b)

    whether the matter or complaint would be more appropriately dealt with by another Authority, either within or outside the College;

    c)

    whether the matter or complaint is currently being dealt with by another Authority;

    d)

    whether the matter or complaint should be adjourned or not dealt with, pending a hearing or determination by another Authority.

    A3.2.8     A complaint shall be dealt with, as far as possible, on a confidential basis and consistent with the protection afforded by the legal principle of qualified privilege. The College does not, however, guarantee anonymity of those making complaints.

    A3.3 Proceedings of the Committee

    A3.3.1     Upon referral of a matter or complaint pursuant to these regulations, the PSC shall decide whether, prima facie, there is a case to answer in respect of such matter or complaint.

    A3.3.2     If it is decided that there is a prima facie case to answer, the PSC shall forward appropriate details of the matter or complaint to the member concerned. The member concerned shall be entitled to receive sufficient details of the nature and circumstances of the allegations in the matter or complaint as will allow the member to fully respond to the allegations and as the rules of natural justice may require.

    A3.3.3     Any member who is the subject of any matter or complaint before the PSC shall, at least 14 days prior to the meeting of the PSC, at which any determination is to be made, be given written notice of:

    a)

    the intention of the PSC to consider the matter;

    b)

    the time, date and place of the meeting;

    c)

    particulars of the nature of the matter under consideration; and

    d)

    advice that the member may attend and give oral or written submissions at that meeting in respect of the matter.

    A3.3.4     At the meeting of the PSC held to consider the matter, the member shall be given an opportunity to be heard, and the Committee shall give due consideration to any written or oral submissions made by the member. The member may be accompanied by another person, but shall not be entitled to have an advocate or be legally represented before the PSC, unless the Committee has given its prior consent.

    A3.3.5     Any member of the PSC who was involved in the matter or complaint, or who had previously made a decision in relation to the matter or complaint, or who is a partner or has any other family or professional relationship or other conflict of interest, whether actual or perceived, with the member or complainant concerned, shall not participate in any consideration of the matter or complaint by the Committee. In such circumstances the President shall nominate a replacement for that member.

    A3.3.6     Subject to Regulation A3.5.5 below, proceedings of the PSC shall be confidential, except for the reporting of progress, appropriate reporting to the parties involved, and reporting of the decision and reasons to the Board.

    A3.3.7     The PSC is not bound by the rules of evidence and, subject to the rules of natural justice, may inform itself on any matter and in such manner as it thinks fit. Any information which is material to the allegations made in relation to the member shall be disclosed to the member, and the member shall be given sufficient opportunity to make submissions in relation to that information.

    A3.3.8     The PSC shall be entitled to consider all relevant information which it thinks fit and may invite any person to appear before it or to provide information.

    A3.3.9     The PSC shall conduct its affairs with as little formality as possible, but otherwise, subject to these regulations, shall have full power to regulate its conduct and operation, including convening and adjourning any meeting as it may require.

    A3.3.10   In considering any matter or complaint, the PSC shall act as expeditiously as the circumstances permit.

    A3.3.11   The PSC may make its own enquiries and seek legal or other professional advice in relation to any matter or complaint under consideration.

    A3.4 Decisions of the Professional Standards Committee

    After consideration of a complaint or matter, the PSC may:

    A3.4.1     take no action;

    A3.4.2     dismiss the matter or complaint and exonerate the member;

    A3.4.3     counsel the member and/or require the member to participate in any relevant College program or activity;

    A3.4.4     censure the member;

    A3.4.5     refer the matter or complaint to the Board for consideration (including suspension or termination of the membership, removal of subspecialty certification or other College award, or removal from the FRANZCOG Training Program);

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2017]

    A3.4.6     refer the matter or complaint to an appropriate Authority.

    [The PSC may decide to refer the matter or complaint to an appropriate Authority at any time after receipt of the matter or complaint.]

    A3.5 Actions to / of the Board

    A3.5.1     The Board may consider any matter or complaint referred to it pursuant to the processes outlined in these regulations and/or other relevant College documents.

    A3.5.2     The Board may appoint a subcommittee of the Board, comprising such members of the Board or other persons as it determines, to act on the Board’s behalf (and a reference to the Board herein shall include a reference to any such subcommittee).

    A3.5.3     In considering any matter or complaint, the Board shall, as nearly as possible, observe the provisions for proceedings and procedures relating to the PSC and set out in these regulations and/or other relevant College documents (e.g. subclause 5.2.3 of the RANZCOG Constitution).

    A3.5.4     Upon consideration of any matter or complaint, the Board may:

    a)

    take no action;

    b)

    dismiss the matter or complaint and exonerate the member;

    c)

    counsel the member and/or require the member to participate in any relevant College program or activity;

    d)

    censure the member;

    e)

    suspend the membership of the member;

    f)

    terminate the membership of the member;

    g)

    refer the matter to any appropriate Authority;

    h)

    remove any subspecialty certification or other College award held by the member.

    i)

    remove the member from the FRANZCOG Training Program.

    [The Board or any subcommittee may decide to refer the matter or complaint to an appropriate Authority at any time after receipt of the matter or complaint.]

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2017]

    A3.5.5     As per subclause 6.4.1 of the RANZCOG Constitution, in the event of the termination of the membership of a member, the member must, within 14 days of receipt of notice requiring the member to do so, return to the Chief Executive Officer their Certificate(s) of membership, and the member must not represent or hold himself or herself out to be a member of the College or use the post-nominals’ARANZCOG (Cert)’, ‘ARANZCOG (P)’, ‘ARANZCOG (Adv P), ‘DRANZCOG’, ‘DRANZCOG (Adv)’ ‘MRANZCOG’ or ‘FRANZCOG’. In the event of the removal or suspension of any subspecialty certification, the member must not represent or hold himself or herself out to possess certification in the relevant subspecialty or continue to use the post-nominals associated with certification in the relevant subspecialty.

    [Revised and Ratified by RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A3.6 Notice of Determinations and Appeal

    A3.6.1     Following receipt of notification of any determination by the PSC or the Board in respect of any complaint or matter pursuant to these regulations, the Chief Executive Officer shall, as soon as possible, notify in writing the member concerned, the person initiating the complaint or matter and the College President of the determination and a summary of the reason(s) for the determination.

    A3.6.2     Where a determination has been made by the PSC, the determination, together with a summary of the reason(s) for the determination, will be conveyed to the College Board (by e-mail in the first instance, followed by distribution in papers at the next scheduled meeting of that group).

    A3.6.3     Where determinations made by the PSC or the Board have implications for College policies and/or processes that are the responsibility of any College Committee or other body, the determination in de- identified form and summary reasons may be conveyed to the Chair of any such relevant committee or body, as well as the Director/Manager of the College department responsible for the coordination of any such committee or body, with the advice that the determination may potentially be the subject of Appeal. The Chair of the PSC or other body may choose to share the determination and summary reasons for the decision with members of the relevant group(s) for the purposes of revising and improving relevant College policies and processes.

    A3.6.4    As per clauses 5 and 6 of the RANZCOG Constitution, in the event of the suspension or termination of the membership of a member, the Board may in its absolute discretion give notice or publish to the public generally or to any professional body or organisation or Authority the fact that the membership of any such person has been suspended or terminated. The Board may also communicate the removal of any subspecialty certification or other College award to any Authority in its absolute discretion or as required by any relevant law or College policy.

    [Revised and Ratified by RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A3.6.5     Any member in respect of whom an adverse decision is made under these regulations may appeal the decision in accordance with the College’s Appeals Process.

    A3.7 Reinstatement

    A member who has had his or her membership suspended or terminated, or a subspecialty certification or other award removed through a decision pertaining to a matter considered by the PSC or the Board under these regulations may be reinstated as a member of the College, or have their subspecialty certification or other College award reinstated at the discretion of the Board, and upon such terms and conditions as the Board may, in its absolute discretion, determine, and in accordance with relevant provisions of the RANZCOG Constitution and any other relevant regulations.

    Applications for reinstatement should be directed to the College President for consideration by the Board or a subcommittee appointed for that purpose.

    A3.8 Previous Complaints

    In considering what, if any, action the PSC or the Board may recommend or take in relation to a matter or complaint against a member, both the Committee and the Board shall be entitled to consider any prior matter or complaint determined in relation to the member provided that the member is given sufficient opportunity to make submissions in relation to such information.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2019 – Formation of Professional Standards Committee]


    A4 Progression Review Committee

    A4.1 Purpose and Functions

    The Progression Review Committee (PRC) shall support the RANZCOG Board by considering matters relating to individuals who have invoked conditions described by College regulations that render them liable for removal from progression to an award of Fellowship of the College or post-Fellowship certification in a designated subspecialty.  Such matters will normally be referred to the PRC by a responsible College body which will have previously considered the matter prima facie for the existence of exceptional circumstances.

    In the context of the functions of the PRC, individuals whose circumstances may be considered by the Committee include trainees working toward Fellowship of the RANZCOG through the FRANZCOG Training Program or Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) assessed as being ‘Partially Comparable’ or ‘Substantially Comparable’ to or ‘As Satisfactory As’, in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand respectively, an Australian or Aotearoa New Zealand trained specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, or subspecialty trainees post-Fellowship working toward certification in a subspecialty.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A4.2 Procedures Relating to Referrals and Meetings of the Progression Review Committee

    A4.2.1     An individual shall be referred to the PRC where they have breached College regulation(s) or other conduct has occurred that has the consequence of removal from a pathway to Fellowship of the College or certification in a subspecialty, and where the responsible College body has determined prima facie, following consideration of any written submission from the individual concerned, that grounds for exceptional circumstances do not exist.

    A4.2.2     The coordinator of the body responsible for making the prima facie determination referred to in Regulation A4.2.1 will notify the Chief Executive Officer in writing of the decision of the body in question through distribution of a copy of the correspondence to be forwarded to the individual advising of the decision.

    Upon receipt of this correspondence the Chief Executive Officer shall arrange for a meeting of the PRC to be held pursuant to its Terms of Reference and, once determined, shall, with at least 21 days’ notice, advise the individual whose circumstances are to be the subject of consideration by the PRC and notify the Chair of the original decision making body of the following:

    a)

    the intention of the PRC to consider the matter;

    b)

    the time, date and place of the meeting;

    c)

    the composition of the Committee to consider the matter;

    d)

    particulars of the nature of the matter under consideration; and

    e)

    that the individual and Chair (or representative) may provide written submissions to the PRC and that they may attend and give oral submissions at the meeting in respect of the matter.

    The individual and the Chair will be advised that in addition to those documents already submitted to the body responsible for making the prima facie determination, they may provide written submissions to the PRC. All written submissions and copies of any documents and records upon which they wish to rely must be lodged with the PRC not less than ten (10) days prior to the meeting. Additional information provided after that time will only be considered if the Chair of the PRC considers that the material is of significance to the matter being considered. In the case of further material from the original decision making body, the individual concerned will be provided with copies for review and comment as soon as reasonably practicable.

    A4.2.3     At least seven (7) days prior to the meeting of the PRC, the Chief Executive Officer shall organise to have distributed to the Committee and the individual whose circumstances are being considered, any materials lodged by the individual or by the College body from which the matter was referred, and on which the PRC will rely for its considerations.

    A4.2.4     At the meeting of the PRC held to consider the matter, the individual concerned shall be given an opportunity to be heard, and the Committee shall give due consideration to any written or oral submissions made by the individual. The individual may be accompanied by another person, but shall not be entitled to have an advocate or be legally represented before the PRC, unless the Committee, through the Chair, has given its prior consent.

    A4.2.5     Proceedings of the PRC shall be kept confidential, except for the reporting of progress, appropriate reporting to the parties involved, and reporting of the decision and reasons to the RANZCOG Board.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2020]

    A4.2.6     The PRC is not bound by the rules of evidence and, subject to the rules of natural justice and procedural fairness, may inform itself on any matter and in such manner as it thinks fit. Any information which is material to the matter under consideration shall be disclosed to the individual, and the individual shall be given sufficient opportunity to make submissions in relation to that information.

    A4.2.7     The PRC shall be entitled to consider all relevant information which it thinks fit and may invite any person to appear before it or to provide information.

    A4.2.8     The PRC shall conduct its affairs with as little formality as possible, but otherwise, subject to these regulations and relevant Terms of Reference, shall have full power to regulate its conduct and operation, including convening, adjourning and recording any meeting as it may require.

    A4.2.9     In considering any matter referred to it, the PRC shall act as expeditiously as the circumstances permit and shall, as nearly as possible, observe the provisions for proceedings and procedures relating to the Committee and set out in these regulations and/or other relevant College documents.

    A4.2.10   The PRC may make its own enquiries and seek legal or other professional advice in relation to any matter under consideration.

    A4.3 Decisions of the Progression Review Committee

    A4.3.1       The PRC may make one of the following recommendations to the Board:

    a)

    That, on the basis of the materials presented to it, the individual be permitted to remain in the program in question, subject to any specific conditions that the Committee may identify.

    b)

    That, on the basis of the materials presented to it, the individual be removed from the program in question.

    A4.3.2     The recommendation to the Board must be accompanied by a document that summarises the matter(s) considered by the PRC and which outlines clearly the nature of the information on which the Committee based its deliberations, and the reasons for its recommendation.

    A4.3.3     Upon ratification or rejection of the PRC’s recommendation by the Board, the PRC Chair will notify the individual in writing of the decision, and reasons for the decision, within three (3) weeks of the meeting of the PRC. The notification provided will be confined to a list of all persons present, an index of the documentation presented and report of the reasons for decision.  Such notification will include information on the individual’s right of appeal according to the College Appeals Processes.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2020]

    A4.3.4     Where determinations made by the PRC or the Board in respect of matters considered under these regulations have implications for College policies and/or processes that are the responsibility of any College committee or other body, the determination in de-identified form and summary reasons may be conveyed to the Chair of any such relevant committee or body, as well as the Director/Manager of the College department responsible for the coordination of any such committee or body, with the advice that the determination may potentially be the subject of appeal. The Chair of the committee or other body may choose to share the determination and summary reasons for the decision with members of the relevant group(s) for the purposes of revising and improving relevant College policies and process

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2020]


    A5 Fellowship Review Committee

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022 – Creation of Fellowship Review Policy and Procedure]

    A5.1 Functions

    A5.1.1     The Fellowship Review Committee (FRC) shall support the RANZCOG Board by:

    Reviewing and making recommendations in regard to the progress of Fellows who fail to complete the requirements of the College’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programs.

    Considering applications for reinstatement to active Fellowship of RANZCOG from:

    Resigned/Retired Fellows;

    Fellows who submit plans for re-entry to practice; or

    Suspended Fellows whose Fellowship was suspended as a result of a recommendation from this Committee.

    A5.1.2     The procedures for FRC are outlined in the Fellowship Review Policy and Procedure.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    A5.2 Fellowship Review Proceedings relating to College CPD Requirements

    A5.2.1       Fellows wishing to make a submission must do so in writing addressed to the FRC Chair no later than 14 days prior to the FRC meeting.

    A5.2.2       The FRC may make one of the following recommendations to the Board:

    a)

    To grant additional time to the CPD period of a Fellow of up to, but not exceeding 4 months from the current CPD Period original due date.

    b)

    That the Fellow, having failed to satisfy the requirements of the program, not have their Fellowship renewed and, in line with sub-clause 3.3.4 of the RANZCOG Constitution shall have their Fellowship suspended.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    A5.2.3       The College Chief Executive Officer will notify the Fellow in writing of the decision, and reasons for the decision, within three (3) weeks of the meeting of the FRC. Such notification will include information on the applicant’s right of appeal according to the College appeals processes.

    A5.3 Fellowship Reinstatement Proceedings relating to Reinstatement

    A5.3.1     Applicants wishing to make a submission to the Chair must do so in writing at least 14 days prior to a FRC meeting, through correspondence addressed to the Chair.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    A5.3.2     The FRC may make a decision as follows:

    a)

    Request that the applicant provide further information on their further education, retraining planned or already undertaken. The application will be considered at a subsequent meeting of the FRC; or

    b)

    Request that the applicant participate in an approved education or retraining program prior to their reinstatement as a Fellow; or

    c)

    The application be granted; or

    d)

    The application be denied.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    A5.3.3     Subsequent to Regulation A5.3.2, the FRC may make recommendations to the Board as follows:

    a)

    That, following the receipt of evidence of successful completion of a specified retraining program, the applicant be reinstated to active Fellowship.

    b)

    That the applicant be reinstated to active Fellowship.

    c)

    That the applicant not be reinstated to active Fellowship.

    A5.3.4     The Chief Executive Officer will notify the applicant in writing of the decision, and reasons for the decision, within three (3) weeks of the meeting. Such notification will include information on the applicant’s right of appeal.


    A6 Procedures relating to College CPD requirements – Affiliate Members

    Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2023 Creation of Affiliate Members and Educational Affiliates CPD Requirements Policy and Procedures and Affiliate Members Pacific CPD Requirements Policy and Procedures]

    The procedures relating to College CPD Requirements – Affiliate Members are outlined in these Regulations and the Affiliate Members and Educational Affiliates CPD Requirements Policy and Procedures.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.1 Procedures Relating to College CPD Requirements – Affiliate Members Australia and Affiliate Members Aotearoa New Zealand

    A6.1.1     The Chair of the CPD Committee may grant additional time to Affiliate Members Australia and/or Affiliate Members Aotearoa New Zealand in active practice who make such a request no later than six (6) weeks before the end of the CPD cycle for a period of up to one (1) month to upload evidence and complete requirements of their current CPD period. Requirements and dates of the subsequent CPD period will not change. Once all requirements have been met the Affiliate Member will move to their next standard CPD period. The Chair of the CPD Committee may grant additional time to Affiliate Members Australia and/or Affiliate Members Aotearoa New Zealand who make such a request.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.1.1.1

    Affiliate Members Australia and/or Affiliate Members Aotearoa New Zealand who, after the expiry date of their current CPD period, including those who have been granted additional time pursuant to A6.1.1 above, have failed to accumulate the requisite number of CPD hours, or any other CPD requirement, shall be automatically referred to the CPD Committee for consideration.

    A6.1.1.2

    Having reviewed the standing of an Affiliate Member Australia and/or Affiliate Member Aotearoa New Zealand, the CPD Committee may grant additional time to the CPD period (in addition to any already granted under A6.1.1), as long as the aggregate additional time to a CPD period given to any Affiliate Member Australia and/or Affiliate Member Aotearoa New Zealand does not exceed four (4) months.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.1.2     Notification process

    A6.1.2.1

    The Committee shall endeavour to ensure that the procedures for the prior notification of Affiliate Members Australia and/or Affiliate Members Aotearoa New Zealand of their progress towards the completion or otherwise of the CPD program as set out in the program requirements are strictly followed.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November February 2024]

    A6.1.2.2

    At least 21 days prior to the meeting date of the CPD Committee the Affiliate Member Australia and/or Affiliate Member Aotearoa New Zealand concerned shall be notified.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.1.3       Review Proceedings

    A6.1.3.1

    Affiliate Members Australia and/or Affiliate Members Aotearoa New Zealand wishing to make a submission must do so in writing addressed to the Chair of the CPD Committee through RANZCOG no later than 14 days prior to a Committee meeting.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.1.3.2

    The Committee may make one of the following recommendations to the Board:

    To grant additional time to the CPD period of an Affiliate Member Australia and/or Affiliate Member Aotearoa New Zealand of up to, but not exceeding four (4) months from the current CPD Period original due date.

    That the Affiliate Member Australia and/or Affiliate Member Aotearoa New Zealand, having failed to satisfy the requirements of the program in accordance with A1.6.4, will not have their membership renewed.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.1.3.3

    The College Chief Executive Officer will notify the Affiliate Member Australia and/or Affiliate Member Aotearoa New Zealand in writing of the decision, and reasons for the decision, within three (3) weeks of the meeting of the CPD Committee. Such notification will include information on the applicant’s right of appeal according to the College Appeals Processes.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.2 Procedures Relating to College CPD Requirements – Affiliate Members Pacific

    The procedures relating to College CPD Requirements – Affiliate Members Pacific are outlined in these Regulations and the Affiliate Members Pacific CPD Requirements Policy and Procedures.

    A6.2.1      Affiliate Members Pacific may request, no later than six (6) weeks prior to the end of the CPD cycle, additional time to accumulate the requisite number of CPD hours.

    The Global Health Committee Chair may grant additional time period of up to two (2) calendar months to Affiliate Members Pacific who make such an application.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.2.1.1

    An Affiliate Members Pacific who, after the expiry date of their current CPD period and did not request additional time under A6.2.1, have failed to accumulate the requisite number of CPD hours, shall be automatically referred to the Global Health Committee Chair for consideration.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.2.1.2

    Having reviewed the standing of an Affiliate Member Pacific, the Global Health Committee Chair may grant additional time to the CPD period of up as long as the aggregate additional time to a CPD period given to any Affiliate Member Pacific does not exceed three (3) months.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.2.1.3

    Affiliate Members Pacific who, after the expiry date of the additional time granted, including those granted time under A6.2.1, and A6.2.1.2, have failed to accumulate the requisite number of CPD hours, shall be automatically referred to the Global Health Committee. Affiliate Members concerned shall be sent written notice by email of consideration of their case at the next Committee meeting.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.2.2     Notification process

    A6.2.2.1

    The Committee shall endeavour to ensure that the procedures for the prior notification of Affiliate Members Pacific of their progress towards the completion or otherwise of the CPD program as set out in the program requirements are strictly followed.

    A6.2.2.2

    At least 21 days prior to the meeting date of the Global Health Committee the Affiliate Members Pacific concerned shall be notified

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.2.3     Review Proceedings

    A6.2.3.1

    The Global Health Committee shall review the membership of any Affiliate Member Pacific who has not met the College’s CPD requirements. Except in extenuating circumstances affecting an Affiliate Member’s Pacific ability to fulfil requirements, as presented by a Committee member or members, the Global Health Committee will make a recommendation to the Board that the Affiliate Member Pacific, having failed to satisfy the requirements of the program in accordance with A1.6.4.2, have their membership removed.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A6.2.3.2

    The College Chief Executive Officer will notify the Affiliate Member Pacific in writing of the decision, and reasons for the decision, within three (3) weeks of the meeting of the RANZCOG Board at which the recommendation is considered.

    Such notification will include information on the applicant’s right of appeal according to the College Appeals Processes

    A6.3 Procedures relating to Reinstatement as an Affiliate Member Pacific

    A6.3.1     Medical practitioners whose membership as an Affiliate Member Pacific was removed pursuant to A6.2.3.1 may apply to the Global Health Committee for reinstatement as an Affiliate Member Pacific following completion of any outstanding CPD requirements as per as per Affiliate Members Pacific CPD Requirements Policy and Procedures.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]


    A7 Academic misconduct

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022 – Creation of Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedure]

    A7.1 Code of Conduct

    A7.1.1     Integrity is one of the organisational values under the RANZCOG Code of Conduct. RANZCOG regards plagiarism as a serious act of academic misconduct and a breach of its Code of Conduct.

    A7.1.2     RANZCOG defines academic dishonesty, outlines the process for investigating claims, and potential outcomes in its Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedure.

    A7.2 Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedure

    A7.2.1     Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedure allows the investigation of allegations.

    A7.2.2    All allegations will be investigated as per Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedure. Following the investigation, a formal hearing will be held. The hearing allows RANZCOG to present the allegations of plagiarism and allow the concerned person a right to respond to all claims against them.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    A7.3 Outcomes

    A7.3.1     Where a person is found guilty of academic misconduct, they will be provided with the reasons for the findings and any corrective actions that may be required.

    A7.3.2     Where a person has been found to have committed more than one act of academic misconduct, they will be referred to the Professional Standards Committee.


    A8 RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, May 2021 Name change to RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation]

    A8.1 Establishment and Purpose

    A8.1.1     Pursuant to clause 15 of the RANZCOG Constitution, in March 2014 the Board approved the establishment of the RANZCOG Foundation, to coordinate and oversee the College’s philanthropic activities. In 2018 the Foundation was renamed to the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A8.1.2     The purpose of the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation is to raise funds for the College’s philanthropic activities and oversee the disbursement of these funds in accordance with established processes as set out in these regulations and relevant College policy.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2016]

    A8.1.3     The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation may, at its discretion, in accordance with any relevant RANZCOG policies, accept any gift, endowment or bequest made to the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation or the College either generally or for the purpose of any specific object, and carry out and administer as trustee any trusts attached to any such gift, endowment or bequest.

    A8.2 RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation

    A8.2.1     The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation shall support the RANZCOG Board by managing the activities of the Foundation.

    A8.2.2     The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation shall operate in accordance with processes outlined in its Terms of Reference and any other relevant RANZCOG regulations and policies.

    A8.2.3     RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation Functions and Duties

    A8.2.3.1

    In managing the activities of the Foundation, the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation shall:

    ensure the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation and its activities are promoted amongst the College Membership and the wider community;

    raise funds for, and foster contributions to, the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation from College members, medical practitioners, government, industry, philanthropic organisations and the community generally; and manage the funds of the RANZCOG Foundation in accordance with approved policy and subject to its Terms of Reference;

    manage the funds of the RANZCOG Foundation in accordance with approved policy and subject to its Terms of Reference;

    oversee the management and disbursement of the funds of the Foundation and ensure that a sufficient corpus is maintained to support the Foundation’s activities in a sustainable manner;

    provide strategic direction for the Foundation and ensure the good governance of the Foundation;

    receive and review reports from recipients of Foundation funding, or College Committees overseeing specific projects/activities supported by Foundation funds;

    provide advice to the RANZCOG Board on policies relating to the Foundation;

    invite and assess applications for funding in accordance with relevant College policies;

    approve scholarships and fellowships offered under the Foundation; and

    approve changes to processes, conditions or documentation relating to scholarships and fellowships.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, May 2021]

    A8.2.3.2

    The RANZCOG Board has granted the Foundation authority to distribute discretionary funding towards philanthropic activities.  The Foundation remit includes:

    Women’s Health research

    Global Health initiatives

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health initiatives and Māori Women’s Health initiatives

    Preservation of College History

    Other priority areas outlined in the RANZCOG Strategic Plan and Foundation Fundraising plan.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, August 2022]


    A9 Corporate governance

    A9.1 Winding-Up and Dissolution of the College

    A9.1.1     Where, on the winding-up or dissolution of the College, there is a surplus of assets after satisfying all the College’s liabilities and expenses, the surplus shall not be paid to or distributed amongst the members, but shall be given or transferred to some other charitable institution having similar objects to the College situate within Australia (to the extent assets are distributed within Australia) or Aotearoa New Zealand (to the extent assets are distributed within Aotearoa New Zealand) and which:

    A9.1.1.1

    is required by its constitution or rules to apply its profits or income in promoting its objects;

    A9.1.1.2

    is prohibited from paying any profits or dividends to its members to the same extent as set out in the RANZCOG Constitution; and

    A9.1.1.3

    itself, is exempt from income tax.

    A9.1.2     That institution shall be determined by the Board prior to the dissolution of the College or failing such determination, by application to an appropriate Court.

    A9.1.3   The Board shall:

    A9.1.3.1

    upon ceasing to conduct any business, operations and undertaking in or from Aotearoa New Zealand (whether upon the winding up or dissolution of the College or for any other reason whatsoever), ensure that any surplus property of the College used in the conduct of such business, operations or undertaking in or from Aotearoa New Zealand is, notwithstanding any provision in this regulation to the contrary, given or transferred to one or more organisations that are charitable under Aotearoa New Zealand law, with similar objects; and

    A9.1.3.2

    notify the New Zealand Charities Commission of any proposed addition, alteration or amendment to the RANZCOG Constitution or this regulation which may be inconsistent with the charitable nature of the business, operations or undertaking of the College conducted in or from New Zealand.

    [Renumbering as Regulation A10 Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, May 2015]


    A10 Election of the RANZCOG President, Board of Directors, and Councillors

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022 – Creation of Election of RANZCOG President; Election of RANZCOG Board; and Election of RANZCOG Council Members Policy and Procedure]

    A10.1 Policy

    A10.1.1     The election procedure for these appointments are managed in the policies, Election of RANZCOG President, Election of RANZCOG Board, and Election of RANZCOG Council. The objectives of these Regulations and policies are to ensure that the election of the President, Board of Directors, and Council conducted by RANZCOG, is open and transparent, comprehensive, and scrutinised, and is managed in accordance with these Regulations.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    A10.2 Election of President

    A10.2.1     In accordance with RANZCOG Constitution clause 11.2, these Regulations and policies confirm the procedures and requirements involved in the election of the President of the RANZCOG. It details who is eligible to be elected as the RANZCOG President and also outlines the process for conducting the RANZCOG Presidential election.

    A10.3 Election of Board

    A10.3.1     In accordance with RANZCOG Constitution clause 11.2, these Regulations and policies confirm the procedures and requirements involved in the election of members of the Board (with the exception of the positions of President, Diplomate Board Director and Independent Board Director) of RANZCOG. It details who is eligible to be elected as an Elected Director and Vice-President of the RANZCOG Board and outlines the process for conducting RANZCOG Board elections.

    A10.3.2     These Regulations apply to voting members of the RANZCOG Council, pursuant to subclause clause 10.1.1 (a) to (e) of the RANZCOG Constitution, and College staff who are responsible for managing the election process.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    A10.4 Election of Council

    A10.4.1     In accordance with RANZCOG Constitution clause 10.2, these Regulations and policies confirm the procedures and requirements involved in the election of RANZCOG Councillors. It details who is eligible to be elected as a RANZCOG Councillor and outlines the process for conducting Councillor elections.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]


    Updated
    28 February 2024

    B — MEMBERSHIP / FELLOWSHIP TRAINING

    All Regulations in Section B Ratified by the RANZCOG Board at its meeting in March 2013, with further minor revisions Ratified by the RANZCOG Board at its meetings in September and November 2013, and any subsequent revisions as indicated.


    B1 FRANZCOG training program

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022 – Merging erstwhile Membership/Fellowship Training Regulations in Section B relating to Trainees commencing from 1 December 2013 and Section C relating to Trainees commencing from 1 December 2003 to 30 November 2013]

    B1.1 Requirements for Application to the FRANZCOG Training Program – Trainees Commencing from 1 December 2013

    B1.1.1       To apply for the FRANZCOG Training Program in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, medical practitioners must possess an approved Australian or Aotearoa New Zealand primary medical degree, or (for applicants in Australia) have successfully completed the requirements necessary to obtain the Australian Medical Council (AMC) certificate, or (for applicants in New Zealand) be a graduate in Medicine and Surgery of a Medical School recognised by the New Zealand Medical Council.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    B1.1.2     Medical Registration and Visa Requirements

    B1.1.2.1

    To apply for the FRANZCOG Training Program in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand applicants must have citizenship or have been granted permanent residency status in the country of application at the time of application to the College, or provide satisfactory evidence that the applicant will have all necessary approvals to undertake training in Australia by the date of commencement of training.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    B1.1.2.2

    To apply for the FRANZCOG Training Program in Australia, medical practitioners must possess general registration with the Medical Board of Australia under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and must also meet any residency or visa requirements enabling employment at any hospital within the jurisdiction(s) for which they are applying.

    B1.1.2.3

    To apply for the FRANZCOG Training Program in Aotearoa New Zealand, medical practitioners must have general medical registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    B1.1.2.4

    Documentary evidence of all requirements (general medical registration in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand/AMC certification/permanent residency/visa requirements, as applicable) must be available to be provided if requested no later than the closing date for applications. If such evidence is requested and not able to be provided by this deadline, the application will not be considered.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    B1.2 FRANZCOG Training Program Applicable Regulations – Trainees Commencing 1 December 2003 to 30 November 2013

    B1.2.1       Where these regulations relates to trainees who, pursuant to decisions of the RANZCOG Council and the RANZCOG Board, applied to the FRANZCOG Training Program for trainees, enrolled in and commenced the FRANZCOG Training Program during the period 1 December 2003 to 30 November 2013 inclusive

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.2.2       These regulations will take effect from 1 December 2013 and take precedence over those previously applicable to trainees who enrolled in and commenced the FRANZCOG Training Program during the period 1 December 2003 to 30 November 2013 inclusive, save where matters addressed by regulation(s) that were in operation prior to 1 December 2013 are not included, in which case those regulations previously in operation will continue to apply.

    B1.2.3       New provisions in these regulations, that were not available in the regulations previously applicable to trainees who enrolled in and commenced the FRANZCOG Training Program during the period 1 December 2003 to 30 November 2013 inclusive may not be retrospectively accessed and/or applied by trainees.

    B1.2.4       Words and phrases in these regulations have the same meaning as set out in the regulations for the FRANZCOG Training Program applying after 30 November 2013.

    B1.3 Transition and Consideration of Unfair Disadvantage

    B1.3.1       For the purposes of enabling training to be credited to trainees on the basis of ‘weeks’ of satisfactory training as required under these regulations, rather than six-month blocks as has previously been the case for trainees in the FRANZCOG Training Program, the College will convert training credited as at 1 December 2013 to weeks on the basis of 46 weeks for each full year of credited training.

    B1.3.2       Prior to 1 December 2013, the College will advise individual trainees enrolled in the FRANZCOG Training Program of the number of weeks of satisfactory training to be credited to them, as well as the expected date of completion of their training period to be covered by the Six-monthly Summative Assessment to be completed after 1 December 2013, noting that the maximum number of weeks of training able to be credited for a twelve month period pursuant to Regulation B1.9 is 46 weeks.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.3.3       Six-monthly Summative Assessment Reports for periods of training commenced on or after 1 December 2013 may not be assessed as ‘Borderline’.

    Any Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report that is assessed as ‘Borderline’ for a period of training commenced prior to 1 December 2013 will revert to ‘Satisfactory’ should the next period of training assessed by a Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report be assessed as ‘Satisfactory’.

    Any Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report that is assessed as ‘Borderline’ for a period of training commenced prior to 1 December 2013 will revert to ‘Not Satisfactory’ should the next period of training assessed by a Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report be assessed as ‘Not Satisfactory’.

    B1.3.4       Any question of clarification or dispute relating to the circumstances of individual trainees in regard to training matters associated with transition to these regulations, will be considered in the first instance by the relevant State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee, pursuant to the College’s Exceptional Circumstances and Special Consideration Policy, and with reference to the Chair of the RANZCOG Training Accreditation Committee, should this be considered necessary. Any clarification or dispute with the application of these regulations should be notified within three (3) months of notification by the College of their effect or impact to trainees; after which, if no clarification or dispute is notified, the College determination or advice will be final and binding.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    B1.3.5       Where a matter is unable to be resolved, it will be considered by a subcommittee of the College Training Accreditation Committee convened to oversee issues relating to the implementation of these regulations for trainees who have enrolled in and commenced the FRANZCOG Training Program prior to 1 December 2013. The Committee, to be known as the FRANZCOG Training Program Transition Committee, will be Chaired by the Immediate  Past President time-limited until 31 December 2014, and operate pursuant to Terms of Reference approved by the RANZCOG Board to consider matters raised by trainees or groups of trainees who consider they have been unfairly disadvantaged by circumstances arising from the implementation of the regulations contained herein, relative to those that governed their training prior to 1 December 2013.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.4 Commencement in the FRANZCOG Training Program – Basic and Advanced Training for Trainees Commencing from 1 December 2013

    B1.4.1       Applicants accepted to the FRANZCOG Training Program cannot commence training unless they have completed PGY2 or above and have obtained an accredited training position and prospective approval to undertake training in that position.

    B1.4.2       Except as provided for elsewhere in College regulations, trainees will enter the FRANZCOG Training Program at Year 1 of Basic Training, which may be undertaken on a part-time continuous basis.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, December 2021]

    B1.4.3       Trainees who have been selected for the FRANZCOG Training Program and have obtained an accredited first year training position may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for previous experience or training to be recognised toward the FRANZCOG training program.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, December 2021]

    B1.4.4       Applications for RPL must be made prior to commencement of training to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Panel nominated by the Education Standards Committee in accordance with the College RPL policy.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, December 2021]

    B1.5 Satisfactory Completion of the FRANZCOG Training Program

    B1.5.1       Basic Training (formerly termed the Integrated Training Program; ITP) Trainees who have satisfactorily completed the requirements listed in Regulation B1.5.1.1 to B1.5.1.12 as applicable below will be deemed to have completed the Basic Training component of the FRANZCOG Training Program:

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.5.1.1

    pursuant to all relevant regulation(s), four (4) years (184 weeks) of prospectively approved basic clinical training in general obstetrics and gynaecology that is assessed as satisfactory through a minimum of eight (8) Six-monthly Summative Assessment Reports (Basic Training), including:

    a)

    a minimum period of 23 weeks FTE satisfactorily assessed training in a rural position/rotation;

    b)

    a minimum period of 46 weeks FTE satisfactorily assessed training in a tertiary hospital;

    c)

    a minimum period of 46 weeks FTE satisfactorily assessed training in a hospital other than that designated as the trainee’s ‘home’ or ‘base’ hospital; (this may be inclusive of the mandatory 23 week rural position/rotation); and

    d)

    any other training sites as designated by the relevant State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee;

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    B1.5.1.2    the prescribed Diagnostic Ultrasound In-Hospital Clinical Assessment modules for all trainees who commence training prior to 1 December 2016.;

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2020]

    B1.5.1.3    the FRANZCOG Written Examination;

    B1.5.1.4    the FRANZCOG Oral Examination;

    B1.5.1.5    summative assessment of procedural and surgical skills in those gynaecological and obstetric procedural and surgical skills required by the FRANZCOG Curriculum as part of Basic Training;

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    B1.5.1.6       For trainees who commenced their training after 1 December, 2013, approval of a research study proposal or exemption on the basis of prior research or completion of research required as part of the Academic Stream of the FRANZCOG Training Program;

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.5.1.7     For trainees who commenced their training prior to 1 December, 2013 assessment of competence in those gynaecological and obstetric procedural and surgical skills required by the FRANZCOG Curriculum as part of Basic Training;

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.5.1.8      For trainees who commenced their training prior to 1 December, 2013, approval of a research study proposal or exemption on the basis of prior research; and

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.5.1.9       the following workshops and programs:

    Foundations of Surgery Workshop or exemption from this requirement via an approved equivalent workshop or course;

    Communication Skills Workshop;

    Fetal Surveillance Program or exemption from this requirement via an approved equivalent workshop or course;

    In-hospital training in Neonatal Resuscitation or exemption from this requirement via an approved equivalent workshop or course;

    for trainees who commence the FRANZCOG Training Program on or after 1 December 2016, a RANZCOG-approved ultrasound course or workshop or exemption from this requirement if the trainee’s base hospital has been approved by the College for such exemption or an approved equivalent workshop or course;

    for trainees who commence the FRANZCOG Training Program on or after 1 December 2016, the Basic Obstetric Skills Workshop or exemption from this requirement via an approved equivalent workshop or course;

    the FRANZCOG Training Program on or after 1 December 2018 approved Cultural Competency Training.

    for trainees who commence the FRANZCOG Training Program on or after 1 December 2019, the RANZCOG eLearning Abortion Module.

    All of the abovementioned workshops may be approved as completed where evidence can be provided of satisfactory completion within 24 months of commencement of the training program.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2019]

    B1.5.1.10  for trainees who commence the FRANZCOG Training Program on or after 1 December 2016, the RANZCOG CLIMATE Ultrasound Module; and

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2016]

    B1.5.1.11  any other requirements as deemed necessary by RANZCOG.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2019]

    B1.5.1.12  In the event that a trainee has met all the requirements listed in Regulation B1.5.1.1 to B1.5.1.11 above, except for submission of their final six-monthly summative assessment report for the Basic Training period, they may commence Advanced Training; however, no credit for any period of Advanced Training will be received until the Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report for the final period of Basic Training has been received and the period assessed as ‘Satisfactory’.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    B1.5.2     Advanced Training (formerly termed Elective Training)

    Trainees certified as having satisfactorily completed the Advanced Training component of the FRANZCOG Training Program will have satisfactorily completed:

    B1.5.2.1

    For trainees who commenced their training prior to 1 December, 2013, pursuant to all relevant regulation(s), two (2) years (92 weeks) of prospectively approved advanced clinical training in obstetrics and gynaecology, and/or a prospectively approved combination of at least 50% active clinical component and up to 50% research component in the relevant training year(s), that is assessed as satisfactory through a minimum of four (4) Six-monthly Summative Assessment Reports (Advanced Training)

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.5.2.1.1

    For trainees who commenced their training prior to 1 December, 2013 assessment of competence in those gynaecological and obstetric procedural and surgical skills required by the FRANZCOG Curriculum as part of Basic Training;

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.5.2.1.2

    For trainees who commenced their training prior to 1 December, 2013 a research study or obtained exemption on the basis of prior research; and

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.5.2.2

    For trainees who commenced their training from 1 December, 2013, pursuant to all relevant regulation(s), two (2) years (92 weeks) of prospectively approved advanced clinical training in obstetrics and gynaecology, and/or a prospectively approved combination of at least 50% active clinical component and up to 50% non-clinical (teaching, research, administration) component in the relevant training year(s), that is assessed as satisfactory through a minimum of four (4) Six-monthly Summative Assessment Reports (Advanced Training), or 92 weeks of prospectively approved training in a RANZCOG subspecialty training program; Or

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.5.2.2.1

    the RANZCOG CLIMATE Clinical Educator Training Program;

    B1.5.2.2.2

    a research study or obtained exemption on the basis of prior research or completion of a PhD in the Academic Stream of the FRANZCOG Training Program; and

    B1.5.2.2.3

    for trainees commencing the FRANZCOG Training Program on or after 1 December 2014, satisfactory completion of one of the following options:

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, December 2021]

    a)

    the Generalist Obstetrics Advanced Training Module AND the Generalist Gynaecology Advanced Training either:

    • consecutively as two periods of 26 weeks of full time prospectively approved Advanced Training (or FTE); OR
    • concurrently as 52 weeks of full time prospectively approved Advanced Training (or FTE). OR
    b)

    the Advanced Obstetrics ATM; OR,

    c)

    the Advanced Training Pathway to Fellowship: Sexual and Reproductive Health, OR

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    d)

    for trainees in the academic stream, a minimum of the Essential O&G Skills Advanced Training Module. For Trainees in the academic stream commencing FRANZCOG Training program from 31 January 2025, a minimum of the Essential O&G Skills Advanced Training Module and the Medical Education Advanced Training Module; OR,

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, December 2021]

    e)

    for those undertaking RANZCOG subspecialty training a minimum of the Essential O&G Skills Advanced Training Module, or a minimum of 26 weeks of the Generalist Obstetrics Advanced Training Module and the Generalist Gynaecology Advanced Training Module undertaken concurrently (prior to commencement of subspecialty training).

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2020]

    B1.5.2.3

    any other requirements as deemed necessary by RANZCOG.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2019]

    B1.5.3     Trainees certified as having satisfactorily completed the FRANZCOG Training Program will have satisfactorily completed all requirements of Basic Training and Advanced Training as described in Regulations B1.5.1 to B1.5.2 above and shall be eligible for elevation to Fellowship of the RANZCOG (FRANZCOG).

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    B1.6 Timeframe for Completion of the FRANZCOG Training Program

    B1.6.1       For the purposes of this regulation, time in training will be considered as the aggregate of all time in the FRANZCOG Training Program other than time taken as approved extended OR approved research leave as part of the Academic Stream. Approved fractional training (i.e. FTE training undertaken on a part-time basis) will be considered pro rata.

    For trainees who commenced their training from 1 December, 2013 Basic Training and all associated requirements under Regulation B1.5 must be completed within a maximum period of six (6) years of time in training from the date of commencement of Basic Training.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    For trainees who commenced their training prior to 1 December, 2013, Basic Training and all associated requirements under Regulation B1.5 must be completed within a maximum period of eight (8) calendar years from the date of commencement in the FRANZCOG Training Program.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.6.2       For the purposes of this regulation, time in training will be considered as all time on the FRANZCOG Training Program in Advanced Training, other than time taken as approved extended leave  OR approved research leave as part of the Academic Stream. Approved fractional training (i.e. FTE training undertaken on a part-time basis) will be considered pro rata.

    For trainees who commenced their training from 1 December, 2013 Advanced Training and all associated requirements under Regulation B1.3.2 must be completed within a maximum period of three (3) years of time in training from the date of commencement of Advanced Training.

    For trainees who commenced their training prior to 1 December, 2013, All requirements of the FRANZCOG Training Program (i.e. all requirements associated with both Basic and Advanced Training) must be completed within a maximum period of eleven (11) calendar years from the date of commencement in the FRANZCOG Training Program.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.6.3       Pursuant to Regulation B1.13, trainees may interrupt their FRANZCOG training to take extended leave  from the FRANZCOG Training Program for a maximum cumulative period of 156 weeks.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.6.4       Pursuant to RANZCOG Regulation B1.20 trainees undertaking the Academic Stream of the FRANZCOG Training Program may apply for a period of ‘Research Leave’ additional to any other leave allowable under these regulations in order to complete the PhD required under that training pathway.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.6.5     The determination of time in training and applicable FTE of a trainee shall be a matter for the State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee, having regard to the prospectively approved clinical training and the actual time spent in training by the trainee. The decision of the Committee shall be final and binding

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, February 2024]

    B1.7 Advanced Training prior to Basic Training

    B1.7.1     For Trainees Commencing from 1 December 2013

    B1.7.1.1

    Except as provided for in Regulation B1.5.1.11, trainees may not commence or undertake any aspect of the Advanced Training component of the training program until they have met all the requirements for completion of the Basic Training component as listed in Regulation B1.5.1.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.7.1.2

    No credit will be given for any aspect of the Advanced Training component of the FRANZCOG Training Program undertaken and/or completed until a trainee has completed all Basic Training components.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    B1.7.1.3

    The determination of time in training and applicable FTE of a trainee shall be a matter for the State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee, having regard to the prospectively approved clinical training and the actual time spent in training by the trainee. The decision of the Committee shall be final and binding.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    B1.7.2     Advanced Training prior to Basic Training for Trainees Commencing prior to 1 December 2013

    B1.7.2.1

    Subject to prospective approval by the Chair of the relevant State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee, trainees may undertake a period of Advanced Training prior to the completion of all requirements (including that described in Regulation B1.5.1.1) following the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 92 weeks FTE of Basic Training.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.8 Trainees’ Statement of Understanding

    All trainees in the FRANZCOG Training Program are required to sign the Trainee Statement of Understanding which advises them of their rights and responsibilities as a RANZCOG trainee on an annual basis. The Trainee Statement of Understanding will need to be submitted with the Prospective Approval. Where the Trainee Statement of Understanding is submitted after that time, no period of training undertaken prior to the submission will be credited.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, December 2021]

    B1.9 Registration / Annual Fee Payment

    B1.9.1     All trainees, regardless of whether training full-time or part-time, must pay the full Annual Training Fee to the Finance Department at RANZCOG by 31 January of each year unless specifically designated elsewhere in these regulations or policies. Fees are managed by these Regulations and the Training and Associated Fees Policy.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.10 Obtaining Prospective Approval of Training

    B1.10.1   Trainees must submit an application for prospective approval of training to the relevant State and Territory or New Zealand Office via the College’s online training platform not less than eight (8) weeks prior to the commencement of the relevant training period. Only training that has been prospectively approved by the relevant State and Territory/NZ Training Accreditation Committee Chair will be credited by the College.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    B1.10.2   Where an application for prospective approval of training is submitted outside the timeframe referred to in Regulation B1.10.1, credit will only be given for training undertaken from the date on which prospective approval is granted by the Chair of the relevant State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.10.3   Trainees who have completed all requirements of Basic Training other than satisfactory completion of the FRANZCOG Written and/or Oral Examination, and any other stipulated assessment requirements, must remain on the Register of Trainees. Such trainees must also continue to occupy a prospectively approved training post under supervision (except if undertaking prospectively approved Extended Leave or Research Leave), and must pay the full applicable annual training fee and participate in standard formative and summative assessments, with any period of training assessed through a Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report as ‘Not Satisfactory’ during this time contributing to the maximum number of such assessments permitted under Regulation B3.1.1 during the course of training.

    Trainees who do not satisfy the requirements described above will not be permitted to sit either the FRANZCOG Written or Oral examination, or undertake and/or complete any other requirements of the FRANZCOG Training Program.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.11 Credit for Training

    B1.11.1   Training will be assessed in a series of six (6) month training blocks, which are six-month periods defined on calendar dates by the College Training Accreditation Committee. Each six-month training block will involve the completion of a Three-monthly Formative Appraisal and a Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2014]

    B1.11.1.1

    Training will be credited on the basis of the number of weeks (completed on an FTE basis) of active clinical service / formal training undertaken during the period covered by each six- monthly summative assessment completed for a trainee, rounded up or down to the nearest whole number of weeks.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, July 2018]

    B1.11.1.2

    Pursuant to Regulation B1.12, approved leave taken for the purposes of studying for the FRANZCOG examinations or for recognised professional development may be included in the training time able to be credited in any six (6) month training period.

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.11.1.3

    The maximum number of weeks able to be credited in a training year covered by two six-month summative assessments is 46 weeks. A training year consists of two consecutive ‘six- month training blocks’ based around (but not confined to) a calendar year and is determined by the College Training Accreditation Committee.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2016]

    B1.11.1.4

    The minimum number of weeks able to be credited in any period covered by a six-monthly summative assessment is ten (10) weeks (FTE).  In allowing this minimum period, the College regards it as adequate time for the Training Supervisor and the consultants who work with the trainee to observe and assess the trainee for the purposes of a valid Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report.  If the number of weeks of training (FTE) in a six month period is less than 10, no credit for the training period will be recognised.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, March 2015]

    B1.11.1.5

    Trainees undertaking approved extended leave  (see Regulation B1.14) and trainees who have less than 10 weeks of training to complete the clinical training requirements for Fellowship may receive credit for training of less than the minimum number of weeks stipulated in Regulation B1.11.1.4 where that training has been prospectively approved and the period immediately precedes or follows, as applicable, a block of training normally covered by a six-monthly summative assessment.

    In such instances, formative appraisals and summative assessments will be conducted at the times determined for all trainees by the College Training Accreditation Committee in the period(s) of training prior to and/or after returning from the leave in question, and/or at any other time as determined by the Chair of the relevant State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee to ensure appropriate assessment of the overall training period in question.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.11.2   A period of training will be credited to trainees only when:

    a)

    Prospective approval of the training post(s) has been obtained from the Chair of the relevant State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee;

    b)

    The annual trainee fee has been paid for that year of training;

    c)

    The training undertaken on a full- or part-time basis, is in a block that equates to at least ten (10) weeks FTE in the post(s) prospectively approved by the relevant Training Accreditation Committee Chair and involves the completion of a Six-month Summative Assessment Report for the period in question. In the case of trainees undertaking Basic Training, this minimum period must also have been spent in the same Integrated Training Program (ITP);

    d)

    In the case of trainees undertaking Advanced Training, the training involved a minimum of 50% active clinical component. Advanced Training positions involving less than 50% active clinical component will not be prospectively approved for Advanced Training;

    e)

    The relevant Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report for the period has been assessed as satisfactory by the Chair of the relevant State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee;

    f)

    The relevant Six-monthly Summative Assessment Report is received by the relevant State and Territory or Aotearoa New Zealand Office within six (6) weeks of completion of the period of training; and

    g)

    The trainee has completed and submitted the confidential evaluation of training associated with the training period in question.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]

    B1.12 Fractional / Part-time Training

    B1.12.1   For trainees who commenced their training:

    B1.12.1.1

    From 1 December, 2013, Year 1 of Basic Training may be approved to be undertaken on a part-time basis at the trainee’s home or base hospital.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.12.1.2

    For trainees who commenced their training prior to 1 December, 2013, Except as provided for elsewhere in these and/or other College regulations, trainees will enter the FRANZCOG Training Program at Year 1 of Basic Training, which must be undertaken on a full-time continuous basis at the trainee’s home or base hospital. In subsequent years, fractional (part-time) training may be approved.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.12.2   For the purposes of credited training, the College defines fractional (part-time) training as training undertaken between 0.5 and full-time training (1.0) at the relevant site for the relevant period of training. Training will be credited based on the period of training (in calendar weeks) multiplied by the relevant time fraction.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, December 2021]

    B1.12.3   Trainees undertaking fractional (part-time) training must also remain within the maximum limits for time in training allowed for completion of all requirements of the FRANZCOG Training Program and its Basic and Advanced components (Refer to Regulation B1.5.1, B1.5.2).

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.12.4      Credit will only be given for fractional (part-time) training per six month training block of not less than ten (10) weeks FTE, regardless of the number of training sites at which the period in question was obtained.

    B1.13 Leave from Training

    B1.13.1   Trainees are permitted up to two (2) weeks of leave per year for the purposes of studying for the FRANZCOG examinations or for recognised professional development. This study/professional development leave is recognised as part of active clinical service. Leave is managed by these Regulations and the Training Program Leave Policy

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.14 Extended Leave

    B1.14.1   Trainees may interrupt their training to take extended leave from the training program for a maximum of 156 weeks cumulative. Trainee Extended leave is managed by these Regulations and the Training Program Leave Policy.  

    [Ratified by the RANZCOG Board, November 2022]

    B1.15 Resignation from the Training Program or a Training Post

    B1.15.1   Trainees who resign from a training post prior to the completion of a prospectively approved period of training and completion of relevant assessments will be regarded as having resigned from the FRANZCOG Training Program, unless they have done so with the approval of the Chair of the relevant State and Territory or New Zealand Training Committee.

    [Revised and ratified by the RANZCOG Board, April 2020]