What is revalidation?

The General Medical Council (GMC) describes revalidation as the process by which licensed doctors will be required to demonstrate to the GMC, through regular local appraisal, that they are up to date and fit to practise and that they are complying with the relevant professional standards.

All doctors with a licence to practise on the GMC register, including those in specialist training and those on the specialist register, will be required to revalidate their licence every five years.

The GMC has set out its generic requirements for medical practice and appraisal in the following documents: