The announcement follows an internal review which focused on finding a sustainable solution to providing LARC accreditation, which covers fitting intrauterine techniques and subdermal contraceptive implants.
Through the internal review it became clear that the current costs of accreditation were not covered by the fee charged and, in effect, this service was being heavily subsidised by the RCN.
From 1 April 2010 the RCN will increase the cost of accreditation to £300 for members and £400 for non-members. Re-accreditation will cost £150 for members and £200 for non-members. Currently, accreditation costs just £35 for members and £75 for non-members.
The deadline for processing applications for LARC accreditation at the current rate is 28 February 2010.