Anodic oxide coatings were synthesised on Ti-6Al-4V substrates using aqueous electrolytes containing dissolved calcium and phosphorus. Different coatings were produced by varying the time of synthesis. Inherent features of the coatings were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Uniform corrosion, electrochemical polarisation and ac impedance tests were performed in simulated body fluid (SBF). Small amounts of calcium and phosphorus are deposited from the electrolyte on to the coating and their levels increase with increasing duration of synthesis. Maximum values of porosity and thickness are obtained for oxides coated for 3 h. Coatings produced from shorter times showed very good resistance to the attack of SBF. © 2006 Institute of Metal Finishing.