Regulating doctors, ensuring good medical practice



Revalidation started on 3 December 2012 and we expect to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors in the UK for the first time by March 2016.

Revalidation is the process by which licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practise. Revalidation aims to give extra confidence to patients that their doctor is being regularly checked by their employer and the GMC.

Licensed doctors have to revalidate, usually every five years, by having regular appraisals with their employer that are based on our core guidance for doctors, Good medical practice. Patients can help their doctors improve their practice by providing them with regular feedback about the care they have received.

Only doctors who have a licence to practise will need to revalidate.


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Licensed doctors

A doctor at work

Information to help doctors understand how revalidation will work, the guidance they need to follow, and what they should be doing to get ready.

Doctors in training

Doctors in training

Information to help doctors in foundation or specialty training understand how they will revalidate.

Responsible officers and employers

Doctors working together

Information to help organisations understand the responsibilities they have to support doctors with their appraisal and revalidation.

Patients and the public

Doctor with patient

Information to help patients and the public understand the important role they can play in the appraisal and revalidation of doctors.