Records of the Standing Committees of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Scope and Content

Agenda, minutes and papers of the standing committees of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, together with papers relating to sub-committees and working parties, including correspondence and subject files relating to particular aspects of committee work.

This collection of material consists of the records of the following committees:

RCOG/B1 - Examination Committee, 1929-2006

RCOG/B2 - External Affairs Committee, 1932-1950

RCOG/B3 - Fellowship Selection Committee, 1930-1998

RCOG/B4 - Hospital Recognition Committee, 1936-2007

RCOG/B5 - British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, including the management and editorial boards and predecessor bodies, 1902-2008

RCOG/B6 - College Library Committee, 1926-2006

RCOG/B7 - Audit Committee, 1961-1999

RCOG/B8 - Postgraduate Committee and predecessors, 1967-1995

RCOG/B9 - Overseas Committees and Councils, 1946-1996

RCOG/B10 - College Museum Committee, Pathology Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee, 1938-2006

RCOG/B11 - Scottish Standing Committee, later the Scottish Executive Committee, 1950-2006

RCOG/B12 - Welsh Executive Committee, 1977-1988

RCOG/B13 - Specialty Education Advisory Committee and predecessors, 1981-ongoing

RCOG/B14 - Subspecialty Board, later the Subspecialty Committee, 1984-2007

RCOG/B15 - Ethics Committee, 1981-2005

RCOG/B16 - Publications Panel, 1979-1990

RCOG/B17 - European Committee, 1991-1998

RCOG/B18 - Manpower Committee, later the Medical Workforce Advisory Committee, 1980-2001

RCOG/B19 - Trainees Committee, 1991-2008

RCOG/B20 - Academic Committee, 1996-2007

RCOG/B21 - Consumers Forum, 1993-2007

RCOG/B23 - Clinical Effectiveness Standards Board, 1998-2000

RCOG/B24 - Education Board, 1992-2007

RCOG/B25 - Publications Management Committee, 1993-2007

RCOG/B26 - 'The Diplomate' Editorial Board, 1992-1998

RCOG/B27 - Guidelines and Audit Committee, 2000-ongoing

RCOG/B28 - House Committee, 1988-2003

RCOG/B29 - Standards Board, 1999-2009

RCOG/B30 - Services Board, 2000-2003

RCOG/B31 - Professional Standards Committee, later the Professional and Clinical Standards Committee, 2001-2007

RCOG/B32 - Clinical Directors Forum, 2000-2002

RCOG/B33 - Editorial Board of 'The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist', 1999-2004

RCOG/B34 - Removal and Re-instatement Committee, 1999-2001

RCOG/B35 - Continuing Medical Education Committee, 1992-1998

RCOG/B36 - Equivalence of Training Committee, 2005-2010

RCOG/B37 - Services Committee, 2003

RCOG/B38 - International Executive Board, 2005-2008

RCOG/B39 - Meetings Committee, 1996-2003

RCOG/B40 - The Computer Assisted Learning Editorial Board, 1995-1999

RCOG/B41 - Public Relations Committee, later the Public Affairs Committee, 2005-2007

Administrative / Biographical History

The mission of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is to set standards to improve women's health and the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynaecology both in the UK and across the world. One of the principal means of achieving this aim is through the College's provision of education, training, assessment and professional development.

At the First Annual Meeting of the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in May 1930, the Executive Committee established a Finance, Examination, and Procedure and Publication Committee to begin the organisation of the new College. By 2007, the standing committees of the RCOG amounted to some 35 committees and boards, which carried out the decision-making work of the College, supported by the College management departments. These committees were established to formulate policy in relation to the particular functions and interests of the College.


By committee, retaining the natural arrangement of files and series where possible.

Access Information

Permission is required from College senior management for external access to College records less than twenty years old: all other records are open by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Email:

Acquisition Information

Internal transfers from the RCOG standing committees.

Other Finding Aids

Details of contents of parts of the collection are available on request. Email

Details of some parts of the collection are available through the AIM25 network: please note that these are not current or updated descriptions and all enquiries should be made to the College Archivist.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Care is required in the handling of all minute books.

Archivist's Note

Record description compiled by Penny Bonning, Archivist in May 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Copyright lies with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and permission to reproduce material should be sought via the College Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Duplicate and routine administrative material is removed where applicable by the College Archivist.

Custodial History

The papers within this collection of material were largely transferred to the Archive by the College departments responsible for supporting the committees. They represent past and present formations of the College committee structure, and have been assigned reference numbers according to their order of accessioning.


Meeting papers are transferred to the Archive by the College department responsible for the committee, normally within two years.