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What is Revalidation?

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 an annual appraisal based on our core guidance for doctors, Good medical practice.

Revalidation - What you need to doA picture of a doctor listening to a patient talking

You need to ensure that your details are correct on your GMC Online account. This includes your contact details as well as your connection to your designated body. If you do not have a connection to a designated body, you will need to tell the GMC.

You need to partake in the appraisal process on an annual basis and revalidation takes place every five years.
You must demonstrate, through appraisal, that you have collected and reflected on stipulated supporting information to demonstrate that you are continuing to meet the principles and values set out in Good medical practice.


Supporting information

This falls under four broad headings at every appraisal:

  • General information - providing context about what you do in all aspects of your work
  • Keeping up to date - maintaining and enhancing the quality of your professional work
  • Review of your practice - evaluating the quality of your professional work
  • Feedback on your practice - how others perceive the quality of your professional work


There are six types of supporting information that you will be expected to provide and discuss at your appraisal at least once in each five year cycle:

  • Continuing professional development
  • Quality improvement activity
  • Significant events
  • Feedback from colleagues
  • Feedback from patients
  • Review of complaints and compliments


The nature of the supporting information will reflect your particular specialist practice and your other professional roles. Find out more about supporting information (pdf)


What happens after the appraisal document is signed off

After every appraisal your appraisal document is sent by the Wessex Appraisal Service (WAS) team to the NHS England South Wessex Area Office for the responsible officer (RO) to see. Up to four months prior to your revalidation date the RO will make a recommendation on your fitness for revalidation and advise the GMC. As long as you have fulfilled all the requirements above you don’t have to do anything else. The ultimate decision is with the GMC and they will advise you by email whether you have revalidated.

If, for any reason, you have been unable to provide all of the supporting information in time for your revalidation date the RO will recommend a deferral of up to 12 months.

If you wish to check that everything is in place for you to revalidate then enquiries should be made to the Wessex Area Team:


External Links:

What you need to do (pdf) | General Medical Council | NHS England revalidation stats

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