Making recommendations about doctors

We will revalidate a doctor, usually every five years, based on a recommendation that we receive from the Responsible Officers or Suitable Person.

Types of recommendation

At the point that a doctor needs to revalidate, their Responsible Officer or Suitable Person can make one of three recommendations. They can:

  • make a recommendation to revalidate, because they are satisfied the doctor is up to date and fit to practise
  • make a recommendation to defer because they need more information to make a recommendation about the doctor. This might happen if the doctor has taken a break from their practice (for example, maternity or sick leave).
  • make a recommendation of non-engagement because the doctor has failed to engage with any of the local systems or processes (such as appraisal) that support revalidation.

Our guidance for making revalidation recommendations

We expect Responsible Officers and Suitable Persons to make their recommendations in a fair, consistent and objective way, so that doctors and patients can have confidence in the way doctors are revalidated.

We have published guidance on making revalidation recommendations about doctors. This includes clear criteria for making recommendations.

We have also published the statements that underpin the three types of recommendation that a Responsible Officer or Suitable Person can make. Download our revalidation recommendation statements (pdf).

GMC Connect

Responsible Officers and Suitable Persons are using GMC Connect, a secure part of our website, to manage their lists of doctors that have a connection to their designated bodies and make recommendations about them.

For more information please visit our GMC Connect page.