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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.

Doctors who are fully registered and have a licence to practise will need to revalidate. This includes doctors in Foundation Year 2 and Specialty Training.

Your 'responsible officer' will make a recommendation to the General Medical Council (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 / NHSE Education Thames Valley. This recommendation will be based on your participation in your ARCP.

When to 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 practise and again at CCT. The GMC sets and confirms your revalidation date.

Further information

Revalidation - General Medical Council

Revalidation - Health Education England South East

Last reviewed:02 May 2023