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 2023, 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 2023-24 will need to pass the MLA as part of their medical school degree, before they can join the medical register.

The MLA will set a common threshold for safe practice, giving patients and employers greater confidence in doctors new to working in the UK, wherever they were educated or trained.