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As well as running its membership examination (MRCPsych), and
visiting and approving hospitals for training purposes, the College
organises scientific and clinical conferences and lectures and
continuing professional development activities. The College
publishes books, reports and educational material for professionals
and the general public. It also publishes the British Journal of
Psychiatry, The Psychiatrist and Advances in Psychiatric
Treatment, all of which are now available online.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has been in existence in some
form since 1841. First as the 'Association of Medical Officers of
Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane' (later changed to the Medico
Psychological Association); then in 1926 receiving its Royal
Charter to become the 'Royal Medico Psychological Association', and
finally in 1971 receiving a Supplemental Charter to become the
'Royal College of Psychiatrists' we know today.
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