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Managing and responding to information about revalidation

This page explains how the GMC manages and responds to information about revalidation.

We need to make sure the revalidation recommendations we receive from responsible officers and suitable persons are reliable.

Occasionally we receive information that raises concerns about the systems and processes that are used to make recommendations about a doctor’s revalidation.

Our guidance on managing and responding to information about revalidation (pdf) explains what we do when we receive this type of information.

How might we learn about information that raises concerns?

We communicate every day with individual doctors, designated bodies, responsible officers and many others. These interactions provide us with lots of information, some of which might raise concerns about revalidation recommendations.

We also have operational data about designated bodies, responsible officers and suitable persons, which we monitor and publish on our website. This may also raise concerns about revalidation recommendations.

What action will we take?

When we receive information that potentially raises concerns about revalidation recommendations, we will decide whether or not we need to take any action.

Action we can take includes:

  • sharing the concerns with the responsible officer or suitable person, if appropriate
  • informing the CEO and board of directors at the organisation so they can respond to the information
  • temporarily placing revalidation recommendations on hold
  • referring the responsible officer or suitable person into our fitness to practise procedures where concerns are serious.

This is not an exhaustive list, and further information about the action we can take is set out in our guidance. We deal with each case individually and will take the necessary action to ensure revalidation recommendations are reliable.

Sometimes the information we receive isn’t serious and we do not need to take any action. In those cases, we will keep the information on record for an appropriate period of time. We may consider this information again if we receive subsequent concerns.

Seeking assurance about concerns

It is important we assure ourselves that the concerns raised have been addressed, and we can have confidence in the recommendations we receive. We will always ask for written confirmation from the organisation that adequate systems are in place, or mitigating actions are being taken to address the concerns.

Support for designated bodies, responsible officers and suitable person

If you need further information or advice about dealing with these types of concerns, please contact our Employer Liaison Service (for designated bodies, responsible officers or suitable persons) or the Revalidation team.