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Revalidation guidance and regulations

This page provides links to our guidance for doctors about revalidation, and the licence to practise and revalidation regulations

Guide for doctors: Revalidation and maintaining your licence

Our Guide for doctors: Revalidation and maintaining your licence (pdf) explains what you need to do to meet our requirements for revalidation.

You should read this guidance to make sure you understand:

  • what your responsibilities are
  • how you will revalidate
  • what happens if you do not meet our requirements for revalidation.

The Regulations

The Licence to Practise and Revalidation Regulations (pdf) govern:

  • the granting or refusal of applications for a licence to practise
  • the withdrawal of a licence
  • the restoration of a licence after withdrawal.

They also set out how doctors to maintain their licence through revalidation.

It explains the content of the Regulations (which are necessarily couched in legalistic terms) in user-friendly language and sets out the practical effect for doctors. In particular, we have tried to provide further detail and clarification on the points raised by respondents to our consultation.

You can also download a summary version of this guide (pdf).

Guidance for revalidation decision makers

We have developed guidance for decision makers to help our staff make decisions about doctors' revalidation. It explains how we may apply the powers we hold under the Licence to Practise and Revalidation Regulations 2012.