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The timing of recommendations

Your responsible officer or suitable person will usually make a recommendation to us about you once every five years.

Your revalidation submission date will be:

  • sent to you at least three months before the date
  • recorded in your GMC Online account
  • communicated to your responsible officer or suitable person via GMC Connect.

Your responsible officer or suitable person must make their recommendation on or before your revalidation submission date, during the statutory notice period (usually from four months before your date).

You must take reasonable steps to arrange for a recommendation to be made about your revalidation by your responsible officer or suitable person by your revalidation submission date, by fully engaging in the processes that support revalidation.

Changing your revalidation submission date

If we agree a recommendation to defer made by your responsible officer or suitable person, we will change your revalidation submission date to give you more time. 

If you do not sufficiently engage with revalidation, we may cancel your submission date and reissue you with notice of an earlier date, to allow your responsible officer or suitable person to make a recommendation of non-engagement. More information about recommendations to defer or recommendations of non-engagement is in the next chapter.

There may be exceptional circumstances where we need to change your submission date, or defer taking further steps in relation to your revalidation (such as delaying making a decision about your revalidation). There may also be circumstances where we need to do this for a group of doctors.

If we change your submission date, or defer taking further steps in relation to your revalidation, we will give you at least three months’ notice of this and explain why.

We might change your submission date after you have received formal notice of your date in exceptional circumstances, including if you are subject to a GMC fitness to practise investigation. To evaluate your fitness to practise for revalidation, we may need to defer your submission date until the outcome of the investigation is known. For more information, please see our guidance on Revalidation and fitness to practise.

If you change employer, or your designated body changes, your revalidation submission date stays the same. Your new responsible officer or suitable person must submit a recommendation on or before that date, within the statutory notice period.