About temporary emergency registration and licences to practise

As part of the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK government activated section 18a of the Medical Act (1983), which enabled us to grant temporary emergency registration. 

In March 2022, it announced that this form of registration will close on 30 September 2022.

Before September, we’ll contact doctors who still hold it to outline their options. These include retaining temporary emergency registration until it closes, asking us to remove it, or applying to restore to routine registration and a licence to practise.

Read our removal of temporary emergency registration policy to find out about our approach, and how we’ll handle any concerns that are raised with us about doctors who held this type of registration or a licence to practise. 


Doctors weren’t charged a fee for receiving temporary emergency registration or a temporary licence to practise, as they were given these as part of the response to the pandemic.

If you already held registration before we gave you temporary emergency registration, you’ll be charged your usual fee to remain on the medical register. This means that when this type of registration closes on 30 September 2022, you’ll retain your registration; only your temporary licence to practise will be removed.

You won’t have to pay a fee when we remove your temporary emergency registration.

If you have any questions about your fee, or how to pay, please contact us because you won’t be able to access your GMC Online account at this time.


You don’t have to participate in revalidation if you have temporary emergency registration or a licence to practise.