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RCOG statement on the start of revalidation

News 3 December 2012

Revalidation officially starts today. From now on, all doctors who wish to keep their licence to practise in the UK are required to demonstrate to the GMC, usually every five years, that they are up-to-date and fit to practise, and are complying with the relevant professional standards.

It is expected that the majority of licensed doctors in the UK will have been revalidated by 2016. Revalidation aims to give patients and the public greater confidence and lead to improved quality of care.

The new system will be based on an annual appraisal and the information doctors will collect about their practice, including feedback from patients, doctors, nurses and other colleagues. Part of the process will also include looking at Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which helps to maintain and enhance doctors’ professional work and taking part in clinical audit.

Dr Tony Falconer, President of the RCOG and Chair of the Academy Revalidation Steering Group, will be one of the first doctors to go through the process. He said:

“We welcome the introduction of revalidation in the UK today. 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, and ultimately improve the quality of patient safety and quality of care.

“The RCOG has dedicated web pages to support members through the revalidation process. We also have specific supporting information for appraisal and revalidation for our specialty which is based on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties’ Core Guidance for All Doctors.

CPD is an important element of the revalidation process as the GMC will require documented proof of CPD as essential to successful appraisal and revalidation and the RCOG has well developed programmes for this.

“I hope that this process will improve the quality of medical care for patients and assure them that doctors are complying with the relevant professional standards.”


Resources and support for RCOG members are available on the revalidation section of the RCOG website, please click here.

For more information about revalidation from the GMC please click here.

For more information about revalidation from the Academy please click here.