Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we must adopt and maintain a 'publication scheme' so that information can be made routinely available to the public.
The GMC and Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) are subject to the Information Commissioner’s 2009 'model publication scheme' for all public authorities. The model publication scheme is what all authorities should base their publication scheme on. It classifies information at a high level and specifies seven categories of information. Most information we hold falls into one of the seven classes. This does not mean we must routinely release all the information covered by these broad classes.
You can view the model publication scheme on the Information Commissioner’s website (pdf).
Definition document for health regulators
As well as the model publication scheme, the Information Commissioner has developed a definition document for health regulators which gives examples of the type of information we may publish under the model publication scheme classes. The definition document also sets out when we don't need to make information routinely available.
You can view the definition document for health regulators on the Information Commissioner’s website (pdf). The MPTS is also subject to the definition document.
List of available information
In operating our publication scheme, we must provide a list of the information available giving details of:
- the information we make routinely available
- how the information can be accessed
- whether or not a charge will be made for it.
View our official list of available information.
Most information in the list is freely available on our website. If you want information in hard copy, or if the information listed isn't available from our website, you can ask for it by writing to us:
Information Access team
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Fax 0161 923 6201
Publication scheme charges
We don't normally charge for providing information under our publication scheme. We try to make most of our published information available on our website. However, if you want a hard copy, or the information is only available in hard copy, we might need to charge you.
Sometimes there is a specific charge for information. We'll make this clear on the relevant section of our website. Otherwise the following charging policy applies.
Information accessed online
Information and publications on our website (including on the MPTS website) are available for free. For those without internet access, we can provide single print-outs of web pages for free. You can arrange this emailing us (email@example.com) or calling us on 0161 923 6365.
Printouts and photocopies
Single copies of GMC and MPTS printed publications are available for free. To order printed copies of any of our publications:
Textphone users: Please use the Text Relay Service; dial the prefix 18001 + 0161 923 6602
We reserve the right to charge you for providing information in hard copy. This also applies if you ask for multiple copies, large numbers of documents or information which is archived and no longer on our website.
Charges will be based on costs of retrieval, photocopying, printing and postage. We will let you know how much this will cost at the time of your request and you'll need to pay in advance.
Where charges are applied, black and white photocopies and printouts of web pages or documents will be charged at a standard rate of 10p per A4 side of paper, plus postage.
MPTS hearings are digitally recorded. The MPTS do not automatically produce written transcripts of these audio recordings. Transcripts of public hearings can be produced on request subject to the payment of a transcription fee. For transcripts that we already hold in typed format, it will normally cost around £200 for the first three days of a hearing or £2.25 +VAT per page. The cost includes quality assuring the contents to ensure that information we regard as confidential, such as information about the doctor's own health, and the names and contact details of patients or vulnerable witnesses are removed prior to disclosure.
The charge will also include retrieval from our archives and photocopying or scanning. This charge applies equally to paper and electronic copies of transcripts. Postage and packaging will additionally be charged for hard copy material.
Please note that we do not always hold full transcripts for GMC and MPTS hearings. If you want to obtain a transcript which we do not hold in typed format, you will be charged the full cost to produce a transcribed version. The cost varies but can typically be £700–£800 plus VAT for each day’s transcript. This is the actual cost of transcribing a digital recording.
Such material will be subject to the same quality assurance procedures outlined above. There will be a further cost associated with quality checking the transcript against the recording. We'd be happy to liaise with our transcribers to get a quote for you. Please note, we are unable to provide copies of our digital audio recordings.
For more details please contact MPTSOfficeAdmin@mpts-uk.org
Registration Appeal Transcripts
The GMC do not routinely produce transcripts of Registration Appeals Hearings. However, a transcript can be produced from our digital recording on request. If you want to obtain a transcript from a public Registration Appeal Hearing, you will be charged the full cost to produce a public version. The cost varies but can typically be £700–£800 plus VAT for each day’s transcript.
A cost quotation will be obtained from the contracted transcription providers. There may also be associated costs such as those associated with quality checking the transcript against the digital recording. To request a transcript, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, we are unable to provide copies of our digital audio recordings.
Getting publications in other formats
We publish information in Welsh in accordance with our Welsh language scheme, which we prepare under the Welsh Language Act.
We take reasonable steps to make information available and accessible in alternative formats and to meet our obligations under disability and other legislation.
If you need information in a different format, please contact our Information Access team to discuss your request.
What do you charge for postage?
We charge postage to applicants at cost. Unless otherwise requested, information will be sent by Royal Mail second class post. See the Royal Mail website for details of their current postal charges.
We don't normally charge for fulfilling simple requests for information under our publication scheme. For example, we usually waive fees where the costs associated with retrieval, printing, photocopying and postage are less than £50 per applicant per 12-month period. However, we reserve the right to review our position on charging.