PA and AA regulation: information for doctors

From December 2024, we’ll become a multi-professional regulator responsible for regulating doctors, physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs).

Regulation will help assure patients, colleagues and employers that PAs and AAs have the knowledge and skills to work safely and be held to account if serious concerns are raised.

We will:

  • set the standards of patient care and professional behaviours PAs and AAs need to meet
  • set the outcomes and standards that students qualifying from PA and AA courses must meet to join our register, and approve the curricula that courses must deliver 
  • check who is eligible to work as a PA or AA in the UK and that they continue to meet the professional standards we set throughout their careers
  • give guidance and advice to help PAs and AAs understand what’s expected of them
  • investigate where there are concerns that patient safety, or the public’s confidence in PAs and AAs, may be at risk, and take action if needed

In this guide, you can find out more about the PA and AA roles and our plans for future regulation.