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

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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 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 provides a range of information to help you get ready 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
  • 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

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Elsewhere on the site

Information about the role of appraisal in revalidation, and resources to help you prepare
Continuing professional development (CPD) is a key component of revalidation: find out about the RCOG’s CPD programme