How will my application be processed?

How long does it take? 

It can take up to six months before we can send your application to the royal college or faculty for evaluation.  

Stage one 

When we receive your application

We'll acknowledge receipt of your application within a few days. Your application will be assigned a Specialist Applications Adviser.

Within 30 days of receiving your evidence, your Adviser will let you know if anything is incorrect or if you’re missing any evidence.

They’ll also check that:

  • you've provided the minimum documentary evidence required 
  • your evidence is correctly verified
  • we've received all the documents you’ve listed
  • you’ve nominated the correct type of referees

You'll then have 60 days to provide extra or amended evidence.

Stage two

When your application is complete

Your application is deemed complete when we’ve: 

  • received all of your evidence, including any extra information we requested
  • verified a sample of your evidence directly with your verifiers
  • received all of your structured reports.

We’ll then send it for evaluation by the relevant royal college or faculty. We’ll let you know when we’ve done this. 

The evaluation of your application

From the point we send your application to the royal college or faculty, it takes up to three months until we give you your final decision.

We get a recommendation from the royal college or faculty on whether your application should be successful. This is not binding on the GMC. The decision on whether to enter your name on the Specialist or GP Register is ours to make.

The royal college or faculty will evaluate your evidence against the standards required of a consultant in any of the UK health services. 

The recommendation will either be:

  • you have provided evidence to meet the required standards and be entered on to the Specialist Register
  • you haven’t provided sufficient evidence that you meet the required standards.

How can I make sure my application is processed quickly?

To help us complete the assessment of you application quickly you should:

  • submit any additional evidence you have as quickly as you can during the application
  • speak to your referees to discuss your application before you give us their names
  • not submit your application until you’re ready and have your evidence prepared.

The main reason applications are unsuccessful is because they are incomplete and the evidence requested in our guidance hasn’t been provided.

Can I contact you for help?

If you need to contact us, your specialist applications adviser will be best placed to help you. We’ll let you know when major milestones in the application process have been passed. We strongly advise that you contact us to discuss your application before you submit it.

What happens to my evidence?

Hard copy evidence

Any evidence you send to us that we don’t accept will be returned to you. We’ll also return all the hard copy evidence we accepted after we’ve issued your final decision. 
It's important that your GMC registered address is up to date so we can safely return your hard copy evidence to you.

Electronic evidence

Any evidence you uploaded electronically that we don’t accept will be returned to you to review and remove via GMC online. 

Please note that any evidence that didn’t meet our anonymisation requirements will be deleted from your application and you’ll be asked to resubmit it once it’s been fully redacted. In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the patient confidentiality standards in Good medical practice, we cannot keep a record of documents that haven’t been redacted in line with our anonymisation guidance.

We’ll also return all the hard copy evidence we accepted after we’ve issued your final decision. It's important that your GMC registered address is up to date so we can safely return your hard copy evidence to you