Guidance for doctors’: requirements for revalidation

Appealing a decision about the withdrawal of your licence

You can appeal a decision to1:

  • refuse to grant you a licence to practise
  • withdraw your licence to practise
  • refuse to restore your licence to practise 

You must do so within 28 days of the date of delivery of the decision and need to follow the instructions set out in our online guidance on appealing a licence to practise decision.

A decision to withdraw your licence or refuse to restore your licence does not take effect until you have had the opportunity to inform us that you wish to appeal the decision. If an appeal is lodged, the decision does not take effect until the outcome of the appeal has been decided. 

Appeals are considered by a registration appeals panel, and all members of this panel are independent of the GMC. If you are unhappy with the outcome of an appeal, you have the right of a further appeal to the county court.


1 Section 29F and Schedule 3B of the Medical Act 1983 (as amended).