The RCM is established under a Royal Charter that dates from 1883. The Charter was revised in 1994, when a Supplemental Charter was granted. The Royal Charter and Statutes were extensively revised by the College most recently in 2009, when Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to allow the amendments at a meeting of the Privy Council held on 9 July 2009.
The Council is the governing body of the RCM and is supported in this role by a number of committees, principal among these being the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
A register of Council members' interests is maintained, and is available for inspection on request to the Clerk to the Council.
The senior academic committee of the College is the Senate. The functions of the Senate are described in the Charter as to “advise the Council on all academic matters affecting the educational policy of the College and related matters”. In practice this means that the Senate is responsible for matters of academic policy and regulations, quality assurance and academic standards, the design of the curriculum and arrangements for assessment and for research policy. It has a committee structure to support it in this wide task.
Further information can be provided by the Clerk to the Council.