What is a GMC credential?

GMC credentials bring assured training and regulatory oversight to areas where consistent clinical standards, recognised across the UK, are necessary for better patient care, or where patients are at risk due to workforce gaps, limited clinical governance or other factors that cannot safely be addressed in other ways.

GMC credentials were developed and delivered by external agencies, using our agreed frameworks, but are approved, quality assured and recognised by the GMC. GMC credentials are marked on a doctor’s entry on the publicly available list of registered medical practitioners (LRMP) in a similar way to recognised trainer status.

Training vs recognition

GMC credentials describe the outcomes and standards expected of doctors working in a specific area of practice. Some credentials offer a 'recognition route' whereby a doctor who can provide evidence that they already have relevant skills and experience can have this evaluated against the standards without undertaking the credential training.


The GMC does not have the legal authority to make any postgraduate training mandatory, including credentials.