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The UK Departments of Health have decided to approve the application from the British Neuropathological Society (BNS)/Royal College of Pathologists to allow Neuropathology to have full speciality status in the UK.  This greatly strengthens the position of Neuropathology in the UK and will allow the BNS to improve recruitment, training and assessment in our "new" speciality.  Much more work will be required over a challenging timescale in order to fulfil the requirements of the UK General Medical Council for the creation of a speciality in Neuropathology; more information on this will be forthcoming shortly.  I am most grateful to everyone in the British Neuropathological Society who has helped us to achieve this success, along with the President and other colleagues in the Royal College of Pathologists.  In particular, I would like to thank Dr John Xuereb for his tirless efforts on this most important matter, which have been critical to this favourable outcome.  I also hope that the creation of a separate speciality of Neuropathology in the UK may act as a landmark for other countries also wishing to take this step - the British Neuropathological Society will be happy to give advice and assistance if required.

James W. Ironside, CBE FRSE

President, British Neuropathological Society