Decisions on withdrawing a licence

What do we consider?

We will consider our guidance Deciding whether to withdraw a doctor’s licence to practise and any evidence you and any other party have provided before making our decision. If a third party provides information, we will show you this before making our decision.

We make each decision on a case by case basis. But we're likely to withdraw your licence where you have not:

  • responded to our communications
  • provided robust and objective evidence about how you are following our guidance and meeting our requirements for revalidation
  • given an acceptable reason, supported with robust and objective evidence, about why you can’t meet our requirements.

What happens if you don’t comply?

If you don’t comply with revalidation requirements, we aren’t required to demonstrate your fitness to practise is impaired through an investigation or hearing: the withdrawal of your licence is based on your failure to comply with legal requirements.

If we do not withdraw your licence, we:

  • may revalidate you and set a new revalidation date, which may be shorter than the normal five year cycle
  • may set you a new submission date, which gives you more time to meet our requirements
  • may share our decision with your responsible officer or any future responsible officer
  • will keep our decision on your record.

If we withdraw your licence:

  • we will write to you
  • we will notify your responsible officer or suitable person.

You may also decide not to respond to our licence withdrawal notice. If so, we'll withdraw your licence 28 days after the date we write to you.