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Making revalidation recommendations: the GMC responsible officer protocol

This protocol is a GMC guide for responsible officers (ROs) about revalidation recommendations.

The protocol

  • describes what revalidation recommendations are

  • clarifies the roles and responsibilities of ROs and their delegates in making and sending recommendations

  • sets out the GMC’s expectations of what will underpin RO recommendations

  • provides ROs with statements and criteria for the three recommendation categories.

The General Medical Council (Licence to Practise and Revalidation) Regulations 2012 commenced in December 2012.

The protocol is a useful resource for ROs when they consider their recommendations about doctors' revalidation. ROs should consult the protocol when they are making revalidation recommendations.

Using the RO protocol online

There are several ways to use the protocol online. You can: