Do you need to revalidate?

If you have a GMC registration with a licence to practise, you are legally required to revalidate, even if you practise wholly outside of the UK. If you have a GMC registration without a licence to practise, you are not required to revalidate.

You will usually revalidate every five years. However revalidation is an ongoing process. 

Here is a step by step guide on how the revalidation process works for licensed doctors and the organisations that support them.

  • You establish a connection to one organisation, called a designated body, which will arrange regular appraisal and support you with your revalidation.
  • You will have an annual appraisal based on the GMC’s Good medical practice. The framework of the appraisal is to demonstrate that you are up to date and fit to practise.
  • You will need to maintain a portfolio of supporting information based on your scope of practice and aspirations. You will need to collect this information yourself, as well as reflect on it. This supporting information will provide the basis for discussion at your appraisal.
  • Your designated body will have a person called a responsible officer (RO) who will make a recommendation to the GMC, usually every five years. A recommendation is a declaration as to whether you are up to date and fit to practise, and therefore should be revalidated. The RO will make their recommendation based on your appraisals over the last five years.
  • The GMC will receive the recommendation from the RO and will carry out a series of checks to ensure there are no other concerns. If there aren’t any such concerns, they will revalidate you. This means that you can continue to hold your licence to practise.

Requirements for licensing for doctors practicing public health

In September 2017, the FPH Board and FPH Workforce Committee endorsed this position statement.