Registration appeals

This section is to help doctors who wish to appeal our decision, or failure to issue a decision, on their application for registration with a licence to practise.

Appeals are handled by the GMC Appeals team. The Appeals team is independent of the registration process and aims to provide an impartial and fair service.

If you have made an application for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register through a CCT, CESR, or CEGPR, please see our specialist or GP registration appeals guidance.

What can I appeal against?

You can appeal against:

  • our decision to refuse your application for provisional or full registration with a licence to practise
  • our failure to make a decision within the required period for an application under one of the above
  • our decision to refuse your application to disapply the requirement that you only practise medicine in an approved practice setting
  • our decision to erase your name from the Register on the ground of fraud or error, or for failure to provide information in respect of fitness to practise matters.

I want to appeal. What should I do?

You should download the registration appeals fact sheet. This contains all the information you need on our appeals process.

Once you have read the fact sheet, you need to download and complete the AP2 notice of appeal form.

Download the procedures for oral hearings of appeals panels fact sheet (pdf).

If you intend to instruct solicitors and/or counsel, you are advised to do so as early as possible. You must authorise the Appeals team to deal with a representative acting for you by providing a signed authority AP3 (pdf) which can be posted or emailed (you must email a scanned copy with a signature from the email address we hold on our records for you).

Where to send your notice of appeal form and other documents

Please send your appeal by email to or by post to the General Medical Council, Registration Appeals Team, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AW.


The venue for appeals is St James's Building in Manchester. If you are required to attend and have any questions about accessibility, please see the procedures for oral hearings of appeals panels factsheet (pdf).

Rules and legislation relating to appeals