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Why you need to take the revalidation assessment

As you do not have a responsible officer or suitable person, we require a degree of independent assurance about your fitness to practise that would normally be provided by the revalidation recommendation process. To gain this assurance we may ask you to take an assessment. This is an important part of the governance process for doctors without a connection.

When do I need to take my assessment?

We will usually ask you to take this assessment in the year you are due to revalidate and will give you notice of this in writing.

You must book and pay for the assessment within the timeframe we set, unless you give us:

  • evidence of a reasonable excuse for not being able to do so
  • evidence of successful completion of an alternative assessment, approved by us as suitable for the purpose of evaluating your fitness to practise.

Completing an appropriate assessment is an important part of the governance process for doctors without a responsible officer or suitable person. You must:

  • book your assessment within the timeframe we give
  • take the assessment on the date that you have booked
  • contact us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend your assessment to gain agreement on moving the date
  • meet the required standard in the assessment.

What happens if I don’t book or pass my assessment?

If you do not book your assessment in time to allow you to meet the revalidation requirements within the timeframe we give, we will begin the process of withdrawing your licence.

You must meet the required standard in the assessment, which is designed to test minimum competence. If you don’t and do not give us a reasonable excuse we may:

  • begin the process of withdrawing your licence for failure to comply with revalidation requirements
  • carry out a fitness to practise investigation
  • in exceptional circumstances, ask you to sit the assessment again, or to take another assessment designed to further investigate your fitness to practise (at your own expense).