The GMC protocol for making revalidation recommendations

Making a recommendation part 1

2.1 The recommendation process

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You will usually make a revalidation recommendation for a doctor once every five years.

Recommendations are key to the revalidation process and are based on your responsibilities. They must be made during the statutory notice period. Doctors notice periods can range from 120 to 365 days.

Your recommendations must be based on:

  • the individual doctor’s compliance with our requirements
  • all information available to you about the doctor’s whole practice from appraisal and other local assurance systems

If you are unsure which recommendation to make, please speak to our revalidation team or your ELA.

Following your recommendation, we will make a decision about the doctor’s revalidation based on your recommendation and any other relevant information we hold. We will then set the doctor’s next revalidation submission date where appropriate.

Information about the revalidation process for doctors in training is in section 3.