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Our role and the Medical Act 1983

Our role is to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

As part of this role, we:

  • decide which doctors are qualified to work in the UK
  • oversee UK medical education and training
  • set the standards doctors need to follow throughout their careers
  • where necessary, take action to prevent a doctor from putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.

Medical Act 1983

Our mandate is set out from the Medical Act 1983.

The Act covers: 

  • our statutory purpose
  • governance of the GMC (including how our members are appointed)
  • our responsibilities in relation to the medical education, registration and revalidation of doctors; and for giving guidance to doctors on matters of professional conduct, performance and ethics.
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