Medical Licensing Assessment

We’re introducing the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) which will test the core knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to practise safely in the UK.


From early 2024, international medical graduates who would have sat our Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test will start to take the MLA if they’re applying for registration with a licence to practise in the UK. And UK medical students graduating in the academic year 2024-25 will need to pass the MLA as part of their medical school degree, before they can join the medical register.

The MLA will give patients and employers greater confidence in doctors new to working in the UK, wherever they were educated or trained.

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