Revalidation for doctors in the UK

The General Medical Council (GMC) introduced revalidation for doctors in the UK, a process described as one of the biggest shake-ups in medical regulation for over 150 years.

The new system required doctors to demonstrate that they were still fit and competent to practise, through a system of annual appraisal.

A doctor's responsible officer would be required to make a positive recommendation to the GMC in order for his or her licence to be revalidated.


General Medical Council.
Making revalidation recommendations: the GMC responsible officer protocol.
General Medical Council; 2012.