Revalidation started on 3 December 2012 and the GMC expected to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors in the UK for the first time by March 2016.
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. It 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 regular appraisals with their employer that are based on the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice. Only doctors who have a licence to practise will need to revalidate.