Medical Licensing Assessment

When a doctor applies to join the medical register, we must be sure they are safe to practise. We already confirm this in a number of ways. Now we're developing plans to establish a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA), which builds on our existing assurance work by setting a common threshold for safe practice.

This means that we and the wider community can be assured that doctors joining the medical register with a licence to practise meet that threshold, which will be the same no matter where they obtained their medical degree. 

Comprising two tests, the assessment will be taken by UK medical graduates and international medical graduates from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

We also want to assess medical graduates from the EEA. That would mean nearly all doctors go through a common assessment. At the moment, the law says we cannot do this. The issue is part of negotiations about Britain leaving the European Union. Once we know the outcome of the negotiations, we will know what we can do about this.

The GMC Council has agreed that we will develop the MLA to start in 2022.

How do I find out more?

We are working on detailed plans for the MLA. So we may not yet have an answer to every question you have. There is more on the following pages. If you have any other questions, you can email us on