Reports produced by the Royal College
of Psychiatrists and made available for general distribution fall
into one of three categories:
College Reports (previously known as Council
Reports) constitute official
Position statements are concise
statements of College policy.
Occasional Papers are produced by
Departments or Sections of the College with the aim of providing
information or provoking discussion.
(Please note, since January 2012, the
majority of College reports are no longer produced in print
More about the
work of the College Policy Unit.
are an integral part of the College, and any legal obligation
arising from their publications rests with the College.
Reports, Position Statements and other guidance for
publication need to be sanctioned by the College via the Policy
Faculty/Section reports for publication and Occasional
Papers need to be sent to the Policy Committee for
publications are sent to Council for information.
Guidance for Writing College
The College has prepared formal guidance for the
preparation, writing and approval of official policy. It includes
procedures on creating and running a policy working group,
formatting and referencing, and submitting reports to the Policy
Committee. The guidance also offers information on the College’s
Race Equality Action Plan, brief legal and media advice, and
administrative support provided by the library.
Preparation of College Policy (2014)
Please note this guidance is only for use by members of the
relevant working party.