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Making a recommendation about a doctor’s revalidation

Recommendations to revalidate

Making a recommendation to revalidate

A recommendation to revalidate is a formal declaration from you that a licensed doctor remains up to date and fit to practise.

To make a recommendation to revalidate you must agree that the following criteria have been met:

Or to make a recommendation to revalidate for a doctor in a postgraduate training programme, you must agree that the following two criteria have been met:

  • the doctor has participated in the assessments and curriculum requirements of their training programme, reflecting the values and principles set out in Good medical practice 
  • the doctor has undertaken and discussed the assessments and curriculum requirements of their training programme, through the ARCP processes or equivalent.

For all licensed doctors you must also agree the following criteria have been met:

  • you have considered relevant information from local clinical and corporate governance systems
  • the doctor is complying with any locally or GMC agreed conditions or undertakings
  • you do not require more time to consider the outputs of an ongoing or recently concluded local process
  • based on the information available to you, there are no ongoing or outstanding concerns about the doctor’s fitness to practise.

Recommendation: revalidate statements

Made pursuant to The Medical Profession (Responsible Officer) Regulations and The General Medical Council (Licence to Practise and Revalidation) Regulations

I am the appointed or nominated responsible officer, or recognised suitable person, for each medical practitioner named below.

I have read the criteria for recommendations to revalidate.

In determining my revalidation recommendation to the General Medical Council for the medical practitioners named below, it is my judgement that each has:

  • participated in annual appraisal that considers the whole of their practice and reflects the requirements of the GMC’s Good medical practice framework for appraisal and revalidation, or where the doctor is a trainee, participated in the assessments and curriculum requirements of their training programme; and
  • presented and discussed appropriate supporting information at annual appraisals in accordance with the requirements of the GMC’s Guidance on supporting information for appraisal and revalidation, or where the doctor is a trainee, undertaken and discussed the assessments and curriculum requirements of their training programme.

Based on the outcomes of such appraisal or assessment, and any other information available to me from relevant clinical and corporate governance systems, I am satisfied that:

  • where relevant, each of the named medical practitioners is practising in compliance with any conditions imposed by, or undertakings agreed with, the GMC
  • where relevant, each of the named medical practitioners is practising in compliance with any conditions agreed locally
  • there are no unaddressed concerns identified by the above systems and processes about the fitness to practise of any of the named medical practitioners.

In accordance with my statutory duty to make recommendations about the fitness to practise of licensed doctors, I recommend that each of the named medical practitioners is fit to practise and consequently their licence to practise should be continued.