Further information on CESR and CEGPR applications

If doctors haven’t completed a GMC approved programme but are able to show they have the knowledge, skills and experience required by the approved curriculum for their specialty, they may apply for entry onto:

  • the Specialist Register with a certificate of eligibility for specialist registration (CESR) through specialty equivalence, or
  • the GP Register with a certificate of eligibility for GP registration (CEGPR) through specialty equivalence.

See the CESR and CEGPR Application process or our guide to the medical registers

We won’t be able to discuss a doctor’s individual application with you directly unless they give us authorisation to do so. An applicant can set this up by calling us on 0161 923 6602.

Our annual report and statistics about CESR and CEGPR.

Further resources


It’s important that applicants review the current approved curriculum for their specialty, so they’re aware of the standards they will be required to demonstrate in their application. The list of curricula

Specialty specific guidance

We have produced guidance on the documents that should be submitted for CESR and CEGPR applications, with the input of the relevant royal college or faculty. The specialty specific guidance.

Contact the GMC 

We’re happy to discuss any queries you or doctors considering CESR or CEGPR have about the process. You can contact us on equivalence@gmc-uk.org, or by calling 0161 923 6602