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Specialist or GP registration appeals

This section is to help doctors who wish to appeal our decision, or failure to issue a decision, on their application for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register.

Appeals are handled by the GMC Appeals team. The Appeals team is independent of the registration process and aims to provide an impartial and fair service.

Appeals are available to some applicants for:

  • Entry onto the Specialist Register with a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)
  • Entry onto the GP Register with a CCT
  • Entry onto the Specialist Register with a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)
  • Entry onto the GP Register with a Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR)

An appeal must be made within specified time limits.

Before you proceed with an appeal you should consider very carefully whether or not you would prefer to make an application for a review (opens in a new window) or make a fresh application (opens in a new window).

Appeals are costly and time consuming.

What can I appeal against?

Your right of appeal will fall into one of the following categories:

  1. 1. A decision not to include your name in the Specialist Register or the GP Register. This includes a right of appeal against the length of any additional training or adaptation period specified in a decision, the fields to be covered by it or any examination, assessment (including a specified period of assessment) or other test of competence specified.
  2. 2. Failure by the GMC to notify you of a decision within three months of receipt of your complete application for GP Registration under Article 4(4) of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Order of Council 2010 (2010 Order) or specialist registration under Article 8(3) or 8(4) of the 2010 Order.
  3. 3. Failure by the GMC to notify you of a decision within four months of receipt of your complete application for GP registration under Article 5 of the 2010 Order or specialist registration under Article 9 of that Order.
  4. 4. A decision not to indicate a sub-specialty against your entry in the Specialist Register.
  5. 5. A decision to refuse the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Certificate of Acquired Rights (CAR) or to withdraw a CCT.

I want to appeal, what should I do?

You should download the specialist or GP registration appeals factsheet. This contains all the information you need on our appeals process.

Once you have read the factsheet, you need to download and complete the AP1 notice of appeal form.

You can find out the fee for an appeal in our fees guidance.

Download the procedures for oral hearings of appeals panels fact sheet (pdf)

If you intend to instruct solicitors and/or counsel, you should do so as early as possible. You must authorise the Appeals team to deal with a representative acting for you by providing a signed authority AP3 (pdf) which can be posted or emailed (you must email a scanned copy with a signature from the email address we hold on our records for you).

Where to send your notice of appeal form and other documents

Please send your appeal by email to appeals@gmc-uk.org or by post to the General Medical Council, Registration Appeals Team, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AW.

Accessibility

The venue for appeals is in St James's Building in Manchester. If you are required to attend and have any questions about accessibility, please see the procedures for oral hearings of appeals panels fact sheet (pdf).

Rules and legislation relating to appeals