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Royal Colleges

Royal colleges are regulatory colleges in Commonwealth countries which have had royal patronage and therefore allowed to use “royal” in the title of their organization. Royal colleges generally operate in the medical professions and, like ordinary regulatory colleges, are charged with the responsibility to certify members, uphold standards of practice within their profession, investigate and discipline instances of misconduct among members, as well as improving the knowledge and skills of members.

Royal colleges, similarly to regulatory colleges, are governed by a council or board of directors, which includes a proportion of council members elected from within the membership base of the organization. The procedure for council elections is set out in each royal college’s bylaws.


See also: Bylaws, Regulatory Colleges, Regulated Health Professions Act

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