It will give patients and employers greater confidence in doctors starting work in the UK, wherever they were educated or trained. The MLA will be taken by two candidate groups:
- All medical students graduating from UK universities from the academic year 2024–25 onwards will need to pass the MLA as part of their degree before they can join the medical register.
- International doctors who want to join the UK medical register will continue to take PLAB, but in 2024 the test will become compliant with the requirements of the MLA.
Both groups of candidates will take assessments that draw from the same topics and meet the same requirements.