General Medical Council register doctors to practise medicine in the United Kingdom. Our purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.
Revalidation started on 3 December 2012 and we expect to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors in the UK for the first time by March 2016.
Revalidation is the process by which licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practise. Revalidation aims to give extra confidence to patients that their doctor is being regularly checked by their employer and the GMC.
Licensed doctors have to revalidate, usually every five years, by having regular appraisals with their employer that are based on our core guidance for doctors, Good medical practice. Patients can help their doctors improve their practice by providing them with regular feedback about the care they have received.
Only doctors who have a licence to practise will need to revalidate.
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