Regulation Status

The latest information and updates on the profession as it moves towards regulation.

The fact that the profession is currently unregulated means that PAs cannot prescribe medication or order ionising radiation (ie order x-rays) and the title ‘Physician Associate’ is not protected. This is a relatively new role in the UK and statutory regulation is still being sought. This is something that the government and the Department of Health is currently considering. 

A DoH consultation on regulation of the medical associate professionals (MAPs) including Physician Associates, closed on 22 December 2017. The information is currently being analysed and they aim to publish the outcome shortly.  

At present the Managed Voluntary Register (PA-MVR) at the Faculty of Physician Associates at the RCP holds details of PAs who meet all the required standards. All qualified PAs are encouraged to register and we strongly recommend that all employers make this a condition of employment. Employers should check this at appointment and at yearly appraisal to ensure that only those properly trained are able to practice as PAs in the UK.

PA-MVR membership is also available to students and the universities in Kent, Surrey and Sussex stress the importance of membership to all students who enrol on their post-graduate diploma courses.

The FPARCP, Health Education England and the higher education institutes continue to work toward regulation of the profession and the launch of a statutory register. Once this is in place, it is expected that those on the PA-MVR will be transferred to the statutory register, the title ‘Physician Associate’ will become protected, and only those on the register will legally be allowed to practice as a PA in the UK.


KSS School of Physician Associates 

Post Graduate Education Centre
East Surrey Hospital
Canada Drive


01737 768511 ext 6635

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