What are the professional standards for doctors?

The General Medical Council (GMC) set the values, knowledge, skills, and behaviours expected of all doctors working in the UK. Our main guidance is called Good medical practice. We also have more detailed guidance in areas such as confidentiality and consent.

The professional standards apply to all doctors wherever they work. We expect doctors to use their professional judgement to apply them to their specific circumstances.

Doctors have to follow our standards throughout their careers. That is why our standards are embedded in education and annual appraisals.