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What is Revalidation?

Medical revalidation is the process by which the General Medical Council (GMC) confirms the continuation of a doctor’s licence to practise in the UK. All doctors who wish to retain their licence to practise need to participate in revalidation. (Source: NHS)

What is the purpose of Revalidation?

The purpose of revalidation is to provide greater assurance to patients and the public, employers, and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up-to-date and fit to practise. It is a key component of a range of measures designed to improve the quality of care for patients. (Source: NHS)

Revalidation ordinarily happens automatically every five years. As long as you have engaged with your annual appraisal and have gathered all the necessary patient and colleague feedback along the way, you should not need to do anything extra.  However, it is important that you know when your revalidation date is, as you will need to make sure that you have included all the necessary supporting information before the end of your five-year cycle. Your appraiser will be able to advise on this, and you can find your Revalidation date at GMC Online.

As a rule, you will be contacted by the GMC around 4 months ahead of your Revalidation due date, which allows time for you to make sure that you have everything you need for the process.

All being well, you should be contacted soon after your Revalidation date and informed that you have Revalidated successfully.

If you would like to learn more about Revalidation, there is lots of information available, including:

How Revalidation has been affected by COVID-19:

  • If your revalidation was due between 17 March 2020 and 16 March 2021, the GMC has delayed your revalidation for 12 months.
  • If your revalidation was due between 17 March 2021 and the end of July 2021, the GMC has delayed your revalidation by 4 months.