Terms and conditions of our website

This website (this Site) is operated by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), a Royal Charter Company with registration number RC000796, whose address is at Churchill House, 35 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4SG. 

This Site contains information, advice and guidance to help members of the RCoA, patients and the public. Some of this information and guidance is intended for use within the United Kingdom.  Visitors to this Site are advised that practices may vary in countries outside the United Kingdom.

Permitted Use

This Site is for your private and personal use only.  You agree NOT to use this Site and the material you will find on it:

  • for any commercial or business purposes
  • for any unlawful and improper purposes
  • in any manner that infringes the rights of, or restricts or inhibits the use and enjoyment of, this Site by anyone.  Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct:
    • which is unlawful
    • which may harass
    • which may cause distress or inconvenience to any person
    • involving transmission of obscene or offensive content
    • which disrupts normal working of this site.

You also agree that you will not:

  • copy, store in any medium, distribute, transmit, modify or show in public any part of this Site other than those permitted in these Terms and Conditions or with the prior written permission of the RCoA.
  • use data mining, robots, scraping or similar data gathering or extraction methods on any part of this Site without our express prior written consent.
  • post third-party copyrighted content.

Accessing Examination Papers

Additional terms apply if you wish to access examination papers on this Site and you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of these terms before you can download such papers. 


While the RCoA has made every effort to ensure that the information contained on this Site is accurate and up to date, the RCoA cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions on this Site.  We make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on this Site is accurate, complete or up to date.

The content on this Site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on this Site.

Under no circumstances shall the RCoA be liable for any loss or damage arising from the use of or reliance on information contained within this Site.

Since we provide this Site for domestic and private use only, we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

Any opinions expressed on this Site by individual contributors are the personal opinions of those contributors and cannot be taken to represent the views of the RCoA.

Changes to these Terms and Conditions

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, amend, add or delete portions of these Terms and Conditions at any time. If we do this, we will post the changes to these Terms and Conditions on this page and will indicate the date these terms were last revised. Every time you wish to use this Site, please check these terms and conditions to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time. We may send registered users and subscribers an email notifying them of the change. Your continued use of this Site after any such change whether or not you received an email from us notifying you of any changes, constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms and Conditions.

Changes to this Site

The RCoA have the right to, but no obligation, at any time to delete, remove, suspend or restrict the whole or any part of the Site or any content posted on it including in any interactive areas and areas requiring registration or subscription without notice and without incurring any liability.

Site Availability

We do not guarantee that this Site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend, withdraw, or restrict the availability of all or any part of this Site for business and operational reasons.

Account Safety

If you choose, or if you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.

We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us at dpo@rcoa.ac.uk.

Third Party Links

This Site contains links to other sites which have been provided for information only. Their presence on this Site does not represent that the RCoA endorses information, products or views published on those other sites. The RCoA are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other websites even if you access them using links from this Site. We recommend that you check the policy of each site you visit.

In addition, if you linked to this Site from a third party website, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners or operators of that third party website and recommend that you check the policy of that third party website and contact its owner or operator if you have any concerns or questions.

Privacy and Cookies

Registration details or other information you provide to us as part of our registration process will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Notice, which forms part of these Terms and Conditions.

Read our Cookies Notice to find out how we use cookies on this Site.

No Legal Relationship

By using this Site, you confirm that you use this Site at your own risk and that no contractual or other legal relationship is created between you and the RCoA, its officers, agents and/or employees through your use of this Sites, or those of our partners.

Intellectual Property Rights

The RCoA is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in this Site, and in the material published on it.  Those works are protected by intellectual property laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

Logos, names and images identifying the RCoA are the proprietary marks of the RCoA and its subsidiaries. You are prohibited by law to reproduce them other than set out below.

You are permitted to print and download extracts from this Site for your personal non-commercial use and for private study or teaching purposes, provided in each case that:

  • our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on this Site must always be acknowledged
  • copyright and source indications are also printed and copied
  • you must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.
  • materials from this Site are not used as part of any other publication 
  • any document is printed and copied entirely and is not used in a derogatory or misleading context
  • the material is not used in a manner which may damage our reputation or otherwise be harmful to us or impair our ability to achieve our charitable objects. 

If you print off, copy or download any part of this Site in breach of these Terms and Conditions, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

No other use of material on this Site may be made without first obtaining our written permission. In particular, you must not do the following unless you have first obtained our prior written permission to:

  • Incorporate any material from our sites in any other work or publication, whether in hard copy or electronic form; or 
  • Make any commercial use or publication of any material on this Site (other than as necessary for the purpose of viewing this Site in the course of business). 

If you wish to use any material from any of this Site other than in accordance with terms above please email your request to comms@rcoa.ac.uk.


RCoA may immediately suspend or terminate your access to this Site without notice if any breach of these Terms and Conditions of use by you is brought to our attention.

If you breach these Terms and Conditions and we take no action, we will not be deemed to have waived any of our rights and may still use any rights and remedies that were open to us when you broke them.

Your registration on this Site may be terminated and your profile may be deleted at any time. We may prohibit you from using or accessing this Site, at any time in our sole discretion, with or without notice.

These Terms and Conditions shall apply to any use of this Site, also after your registration was terminated.

We reserve the right to deactivate user accounts and user names in line with the RCoA data retention policy.


We do not guarantee that this Site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.

You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access this Site. You should use your own virus protection software.

You must not misuse this Site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to this Site, the server on which this Site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to this Site.

You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use this Site will cease immediately.

Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions, their subject matter and their formation, are governed by English law. You agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction except that, if you are a consumer, you may also bring proceedings in the jurisdiction you are resident in.