The Royal College of Physicians of London is a British professional body of doctors of general medicine and its subspecialties. It was originally founded as the College of Physicians. It received a royal charter in 1518 from King Henry VIII, affirmed by Act of Parliament in 1523. It is a member of the UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.It was the first medical institution in England to become a Royal College, and the first Royal College in the UK and Ireland for physicians; its charter followed that of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh which received its royal charter in 1506. The college has been continuously active in improving the practice of medicine since then, primarily though the accreditation of physicians. The current President of the college is Sir Richard Thompson.