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What is revalidation?

Revalidation is the process by which all licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis, that they are up to date and fit to practise. By satisfying the requirements of revalidation, doctors are showing how they are meeting our professional standards in their everyday practice.

Revalidation strengthens the way we regulate doctors who work in the UK.

How do doctors revalidate?

Licensed doctors usually revalidate once every five years. Doctors must: 

  • collect information about their practice, including feedback from patients
  • reflect on the information they have collected to look at ways they can improve and develop their practice
  • have an annual appraisal based on our core guidance, Good medical practice

Most doctors have a Responsible Officer who is usually the medical director at the organisation where the doctor works. They have a duty to make sure appraisals and other systems are in place locally to support doctors with their revalidation. The Responsible Officer makes a revalidation recommendation to us about the doctor's revalidation.

Doctors in training revalidate by going through the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process.

What are the benefits for patients?

Revalidation makes sure every licensed doctor has an annual appraisal, which means doctors regularly reflect on their practice and performance with their appraiser. We believe revalidation improves the care patients receive from their doctor, and means patients are safer when they receive treatment.

Patients have an important role to play in revalidation and can get involved by giving feedback to doctors about their practice.

More information

You can find more information about revalidation on our website.

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