GMC reschedules further revalidation dates

The GMC is rescheduling revalidation dates for a further group of doctors due to the ongoing demands of the coronavirus pandemic.

It means around 9,000 doctors who were due to revalidate between March and July 2021 will have their revalidation dates postponed for four months.

The move follows the GMC’s decision earlier this year to reschedule revalidation dates for more than 50,000 doctors who were due to revalidate between March 2020 and March 2021.*


The GMC is offering this further group of doctors the opportunity to revalidate at any time between now and their new date – which will be between August and November next year – should they be ready to do so and if their responsible officer is able to make a recommendation. This is the same approach that was taken with doctors whose revalidation was rescheduled earlier this year.

Revalidation is the process for ensuring that doctors remain fit to practise and up to date in their field. Revalidation recommendations to the GMC are made by senior doctors, known as responsible officers. Rescheduling revalidation dates means responsible officers should not be under pressure to meet revalidation requirements during the winter.

"This is an exceptional situation and we are determined to be as flexible as we can in our response. We have listened to understandable concerns from doctors and responsible officers about escalating rates of the Covid-19 infection."

Una Lane

Director of Registration and Revalidation at the GMC

Una Lane, the GMC’s Director of Registration and Revalidation, said:

‘This is an exceptional situation and we are determined to be as flexible as we can in our response. We have listened to understandable concerns from doctors and responsible officers about escalating rates of the Covid-19 infection. We are very aware of the ongoing pressures that the profession and providers are facing.

‘We had a positive response when we moved revalidation dates for an initial group of doctors earlier this year. It seems right and sensible to proceed in a similar way for a further group doctors who may well be under significant pressure in the coming months.’

All doctors affected by this change will be contacted by the GMC to confirm their individual position, including their revised revalidation date More information can be found online