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How do I access 1CPD? What happens if I don't have a smartphone?

1CPD is available in app format for iOS (download from the App Store) and Android (download from Google Play). 

It is also available as a web version if you can't or prefer not to use the app. 

Related FAQs

  • 1CPD has been developed in consultation with the profession to support your CPD in the most intuitive way possible. It includes features such as voice recording and image uploads which helps support planning and reflecting on your CPD.

    We strongly encourage you to use it; it will become mandatory from January 2022. 

  • Yes. The 1CPD app includes a ‘Help’ section within the app’s menu with tips and advice on how to use it.

    Since it’s a new platform we’re keen to hear any feedback you might have. You can submit feedback by selecting this option in the app’s menu and sending us an email. This feature is available in the web version too.

    You can also contact us directly at with any questions regarding the 1CPD platform.

    For general CPD enquiries, please email us at

  • No, 1CPD, the new digital recording platform replaced the PDR in January 2020. 

    All data in the PDR has been securely transferred to 1CPD. 

  • 1CPD data is secured using industry-standard mechanisms. All data is encrypted at rest and in transit. Access to RCVS servers and databases is restricted to specific members of staff, and firewalls restrict traffic appropriately.

  • Please refer to the 1CPD Privacy Policy, which is accessible within the app and on the website.

  • We will not ask for reflective records from veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses as part of our concerns, investigation or disciplinary processes.

    However, we do not control the actions of the courts and recorded reflections, such as in ePortfolios or for CPD purposes, are not subject to legal privilege. Therefore disclosure of these documents might be requested by a court if it is concerned that they are relevant to the matters to be determined in litigation. The likelihood of records needing to be produced in court may be reduced if reflective records focus on reactions to, and learning from, an incident.