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Revalidation

What is Revalidation?

The General Medical Council has introduced Revalidation as the new way of regulating licensed doctors. The aim of Revalidation is to assure patients, the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up-to-date and fit to practise.

When will Revalidation start?

The GMC have confirmed that Revalidation will start in December 2012. They expect to have revalidated the majority of doctors by 2016, with licensed doctors having to revalidate every five years by participating in an annual appraisal which is based on the GMC's core guidance for doctors - Good Medical Practice.

Who does it affect?

Doctors who are fully registered and have a licence to practice will need to revalidate. This includes doctors in Foundation year 2 and Specialty training.

How will I revalidate?

Your 'responsible officer' will make a recommendation to the GMC that you are up-to-date, fit to practise and should be revalidated. Your 'responsible officer' is your postgraduate dean, and your designated body is your postgraduate deanery. This recommendation will be based on your participation in your ARCP.

When will I revalidate?

For doctors in training, revalidation will take place on a five year cycle, beginning on full registration - i.e. at the end of F1 training.

If your training lasts less than five years, your first revalidation will take place at the point that you are awarded your CCT.

If your training lasts longer than five years, you will be revalidated five years after you gained full registration to practice and again at CCT. The GMC set and confirm your revalidation date.

Where can I find out more information?

Comprehensive information on Revalidation can be found on both the General Medical Council and Oxford Deanery websites.