How will my application be processed?


When we receive your evidence

A Specialist Applications adviser will check that:

  • we’ve received all the documents you’ve listed
  • you’ve provided pro-formas to verify your evidence.

We’ll let you know if anything is incorrect or if any evidence is missing, and will contact your verifiers to confirm they completed the pro-forma you’ve submitted. We’ll also contact you with further advice within 30 days of receiving your first full submission of evidence (if you send any hard copy evidence, the 30 day period will start from the day we receive this). You’ll have another 30 days to provide additional evidence after we’ve sent our initial advice.

Once your application is submitted for evaluation, it will take about three months until we give you your final decision.

What happens to my evidence?

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.

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.