About this guidance on appraisal and revalidation
1 This guidance sets out the GMC’s requirements for the supporting information licensed doctors must collect, reflect on and discuss at appraisal for revalidation.*
2 All licensed doctors† must meet our requirements for revalidation. It is your responsibility to make sure you understand and follow this guidance. Your licence to practise may be at risk if you fail to do so.
3 In this guidance we use the terms ‘you must’ and ‘you should’ in the following ways:
- ‘You must’ is used for an overriding requirement.
- ‘You should’ is used when we are providing an explanation of how you will meet the overriding requirement.
- ‘You should’ is also used where the requirement will not apply in all situations or circumstances, or where there are factors outside your control that may affect whether or how you can follow the guidance. In these circumstances, you must be able to explain to your responsible officer why you can’t meet the requirement and agree the next steps, such as appropriate measures to demonstrate your continued competence in a different way.
4 Throughout this guidance we refer to responsible officers. You should take this to include suitable persons, or the GMC if you do not have a prescribed connection to a designated body or suitable person.
5 Throughout this guidance we refer to appraisal. You should take this to mean annual whole practice appraisal.
† All licensed doctors includes doctors who are in training.