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Translation of evidence for specialist and GP registration

You must submit a complete and accurate translation of every document that isn’t in English, along with the document in its original language.

We accept translations only from court/council appointed translators or reputable commercial translation services.

Before you use any commercial translation service, you should check that it has a recognised professional accreditation, or membership of a relevant professional or trade association. In the UK, professional associations of translators include:

All three provide online directories of their members, which you may find helpful.

It is important that your translated documents show the contact details of the translation service or translator. We also need a copy of your document that’s been translated. This should be attached to the translation and stamped and signed by the translation service.

Step by step guide to translating your evidence: 

For documents which require verifying and translating:

  • Take the original document (A)
  • Take (A) and make a photocopy (B) 
  • Have (B) verified by a medical supervisor from the relevant hospital or institution, with the other evidence from that hospital or institution
  • Take (B) to a translation service where they will create an English version (C) 
  • Ensure that both (B & C) have been stamped and signed by the translation service 
  • Submit both (B & C) to the GMC – you’ll keep the original (A) 

For documents which require authenticating and translating:

  • Take the original document (A)
  • Take (A) and make a photocopy (B)Have (B) authenticated either by a solicitor or the awarding body. They’ll stamp, sign and date (B) to confirm that it’s genuine, when they view it alongside the original (A)
  • Take (B) to a translation service, where they will create an English version (C)
  • Ensure that both (B & C) have been stamped and signed by the translation service
  • Submit both (B & C) to the GMC – you’ll keep the original (A)

Any evidence which isn’t translated in line with the above requirements will be returned to you.