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Designated Body and Responsible Officer

Your designated body is the organisation that is responsible for providing you with your appraisal and helping you with revalidation. Being connected with a designated body means you can be confident not only of support throughout the appraisal and revalidation processes, but also that you are working within an organisation that is committed to monitoring and improving the quality of it services and therefore, ultimately, patient care.

The responsible officer (RO) of the designated body is the person who makes a recommendation about you, usually every five years, to the General Medical Council (GMC) that you are up-to-date, fit to practise and should be revalidated. The responsible officer makes his or her recommendation to the GMC based upon your participation in appraisals throughout the five years, and the information that this provides the RO with about how you practise. If you are unsure about the identity of your designated body or responsible officer, please contact us and we will help.

In order to check your current alignment, please visit GMC online.