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Guidance for team doctors attending the 2017 IAAF World Athletics and IPC World ParaAthletics Championships

This page is for team doctors of countries attending the 2017 World Championships in London.

The events

In July 2017, athletes from over 200 countries will come to the UK to participate in the London 2017 World ParaAthletic Championships and IAAF World Championships. The majority of countries will bring doctors with them to treat their athletes.

The dates of the events are as follows:

  • ParaAthletics World Championships - 14 July to 23 July
  • Athletics World Championships - 4 August to 13 August.

Practising in the UK

Doctors must be registered with a licence to practise with the General Medical Council (GMC) to practise medicine in the UK. This includes all doctors visiting from overseas and from Europe on a temporary basis. All team doctors accompanying their teams for the athletics events, must hold registration with a licence to practise to be permitted to treat, diagnose and prescribe for their team.

Please note that this type of registration does not permit you to treat UK nationals. For all other types of registration, please visit our registration pages.

How to get registered for the events

You can apply to be registered on a temporary basis for these events. Please apply using this application form.

Registration for these events will open on 1 January 2017. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible and at least 60 days before the event begins. There is no guarantee that registration will be granted for applications received later than this.

Please complete and return the application form to us, with photocopies of the following documents:

Please email scanned copies of these documents as one pdf or zip file to:

Or you can post them to:

General Medical Council
International Applications sports events
3 Hardman Street
United Kingdom
M3 3AW

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What happens next?

When you have sent your application form and documents to us you will hear from us within five working days. We may ask you for more information. Incomplete application forms and missing evidence will delay your application for registration.

We will tell you when your registration is granted. You are not permitted to practise in the UK unless your name is listed on our List of Registered Medical Practitioners.