What is revalidation?

The purpose of revalidation is to assure patients and the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up to date and fit to practise.

Doctors who wish to keep their licence to practise in the UK will need to revalidate, i.e. they will need to demonstrate to the General Medical Council (GMC) periodically – normally every 5 years – that they are fit to practise and up to date, by complying with the relevant professional standards.

Revalidation came into effect on 3 December 2012. The GMC expects to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors by March 2016.

The GMC is the regulating body and the main driver for revalidation. Other stakeholders include the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), the NHS Revalidation Support Team (RST), NHS Employers and the Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs).

The GMC, the AoMRC, the NHS and the LETBs have provided generic advice on revalidation that applies to all doctors, whatever their specialty. The RCOG and the FSRH have also prepared O&G-specific resources.

What do I need to do to prepare for revalidation?

This section of the website brings together a range of resources to help Fellows, Members and Trainees of the RCOG prepare for revalidation:

Getting ready for revalidation

A checklist of everything you need to do to prepare for revalidation and ensure you meet the GMC requirements for revalidation in your first cycle. The checklist also links to further information about each of the elements of revalidation.

Revalidation for trainees

Information about the revalidation process for doctors in training.

Revalidation for SAS doctors

Information about the revalidation process for SAS doctors.

Further resources

Additional sources of information, including GMC and AoMRC advice and resources specific to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Revalidation helpdesk

Specialty-specific advice on revalidation and appraisal.

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