Guidance for doctors’: requirements for revalidation

Who is this guidance for?

This guidance applies to all doctors who hold registration with a licence to practise in the UK (including the crown dependencies and Gibraltar)1.

Responsible officers and suitable persons should be aware of the requirements for doctors in this guidance. 

Why do I need to read this guidance?

This guidance describes what you must do to meet your legal obligations for revalidation and the implications of not meeting them2.  It should be read alongside our Supporting information for revalidation guidance.

We expect you to collect and reflect on and discuss supporting information generated from your whole UK practice. Revalidation assures patients and the public that medical professionals remain up to date and fit to practise, in line with the standards of practice required in the UK.

1 Apart from those registered under sections  18A (temporary registration with regard to emergencies) or 27A (temporary registration for visiting eminent specialists) – regulation 6(1).
2 This guidance is published under section 29G of the Medical Act 1983 (as amended) and the General Medical Council (Licence to Practise and Revalidation) Regulations 2012 (as amended).