How do I organise my evidence?

We can deal with your application quicker if you make sure you only send us evidence that’s directly relevant. We would usually expect to see between 800 and 1,000 pages of evidence. If you’re providing much more than this number of pages, you should consider whether the evidence you intend to submit is relevant to your application. Please take in to account the following points when considering what evidence to include:

  • Evidence over five years old will be given considerably less weight than more recent evidence, so you may not need to include it
  • Providing lots of the same evidence in one area of the curriculum won’t compensate for deficiencies in another
  • You don’t need to duplicate evidence in your application – you can cross reference this
  • Very large bundles of evidence will make it difficult for the evaluators to interpret and assess your evidence
  • You don’t need to provide evidence for sections in the Specialty Specific Guidance we have confirmed aren’t required for your specialty
  • The quality and variety of the evidence you provide is important.

Once you’ve submitted your application online, you should send us any hard copy within 14 days.

For applications started in GMC online on or after 6 November 2018, you’ve applied using our updated application. You should submit your electronic evidence in line with the information in our user guide and follow the guidance on hard copy evidence below.

For applications started in GMC online before 6 November 2018, you have applied using our previous version of the application so won’t be able to provide evidence electronically. This is because the functionality can’t be added to applications that are already in progress.

If you would like the option to provide evidence electronically, you’ll need to withdraw your application in GMC online and submit a new application.

If you’re unsure what date your application was created in GMC online, you can contact us to find out.

Organising your hard copy evidence

For any hard copy evidence you’re submitting, you must follow the structure of your specialty specific guidance (SSG) when ordering your evidence.

You should create a divider for each section of your evidence, using an A4 sheet of paper, with the title of the section of your evidence written on it.


We’ve created a divider pack to help you arrange and present your evidence if your SSG is structured by evidence type.

Important points you need to remember about hard copy evidence

When we’ve assessed your evidence we’ll scan it so it can be sent for evaluation. Please bear in mind that: 

  • you should only provide copies, not original documents
  • while the majority of your documents should be A4 in size, we can scan pages that are A3 or A5
  • double sided documents are acceptable
  • you mustn’t bind or staple your documents in any way
  • you mustn’t submit books or leaflets. Instead, you should submit photocopies of the relevant pages
  • you mustn’t submit your evidence in folders or plastic wallets.

Your evidence checklist

Once you’ve finished listing your evidence in your online application, you can print your evidence checklist, which will include all of the details you’ve listed.

You can go back into your application and reprint your checklist as many times as you need to.