What will regulation look like

In many ways, how we regulate PAs and AAs will be similar to how we regulate doctors. There will be policies and processes that cover:

  • registration
  • professional guidance
  • education
  • fitness to practise.

Our regulatory framework will be proportionate, reflecting the size of the professions, their roles and responsibilities.

Once regulation starts, all PAs and AAs will have to join our register to be able to practise in the UK. Subject to a consultation, we anticipate that those who are already qualified and/or practising in the UK will have up to two years to gain registration. Find out more about our registration and transition arrangements.

We’re working closely with stakeholders to develop our regulatory policies and processes for PAs and AAs. Some aspects will be determined by the powers given to the GMC in legislation, so we can’t confirm the detail until after the Government has run its public consultation during 2021. In the meantime, we’re developing guidance on professional standards and education for PAs and AAs. We’re liaising with the universities who deliver PA and AA courses to help them get ready for future quality assurance requirements, and we’re working with the Faculty of Physician Associates and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, to update the existing national curricula.


More details of our policies and processes will be added to this guide in the coming months.