The 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).

The number of medical students is increasing. The number of medical schools is growing. Our health system is increasingly dependent on doctors from overseas. Recognising this, the MLA will build on our existing assurance work. It will set a common threshold for safe practice. Doctors who wish to work in the UK will need to show that they meet that threshold before we grant a licence to practise.

All students in UK medical schools and doctors from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will need to pass the MLA.

We also want to assess doctors coming from the EEA. 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.

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 mla@gmc-uk.org.