Reasons for withdrawing a licence

  1. Reasons for withdrawing a licence

Our guidance for doctors outlines the revalidation requirements to maintain your licence to practise. If you do not meet these, we can legally withdraw your licence.

We might withdraw your licence if:

Reason for withdrawal

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As soon as possible and within 28 days
Notification of non-engagement from your responsible officer or suitable person We will send a form for you to complete and return along with robust and objective evidence of either:
  • how you have been complying with our guidance for revalidation
  • why you have been unable to comply.

We may share your evidence with your RO or SP, so we can obtain further information to help us make our decision.

Within 28 days
Failure to pay a fee  You must:
  • pay us the amount owed
  • provide an acceptable reason as to why you cannot pay.
Within 28 days
Providing fraudulent information Contact us for further advice. Within 28 days
Not providing a satisfactory annual return or any evidence that we have asked for You must either provide us with: Within 28 days

Not undertaking an assessment

You must either: Within 28 days
Failure to meet the required standard in the assessment You must either:  

We understand that having your licence at risk of withdrawal can be a stressful experience. We’ve commissioned the British Medical Association (BMA) to provide a free, confidential service that offers emotional support to any doctor whose licence is at risk of withdrawal, whether or not you’re a BMA member.

You can find out more about the Doctor Support Service on the BMA webpage.