Doctors Revalidation

What is Revalidation?

Medical revalidation is the process by which all doctors who are licensed with the General Medical Council (GMC) and wishing to renew their licence will regularly demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise according to Good Medical Practice Guidance set by the GMC. Revalidation will provide a focus for doctors’ efforts to maintain and improve their practise and to encourage patients and the public to provide feedback about the medical care they receive from doctors.

Doctors will undergo revalidation every five years. If there are pressing concerns about a doctor’s fitness to practice, the revalidation cycle may be shortened as needed by the GMC.
Revalidation aims to:

  • Assure patients and the public, employers, other healthcare providers, and other health professionals that licensed doctors are practicing to the appropriate professional standards.
  • Complement other systems that exist within organisations and at other levels for monitoring standards of care and recognising and responding to concerns.

Revalidation is based on a local evaluation of doctors’ practice through yearly appraisals and it is therefore a requirement for doctors to have an annual appraisal to maintain their GMC license to practise.


" I am very thankful to the Responsible Officer for his kind remarks. Please convey my thanks and regards to him. Please convey my sincerest thanks to my appraiser for conducting my appraisal in a very friendly and professional manner. I may also thank you and your team for helping, assisting and guiding me throughout this process. Your personal support has been exceptional."