In November 2009, the General Medical Council (GMC) issued every doctor with a licence to practise. Since December 2012 the licence to practise is subject to periodic renewal, normally every five years. Doctors must revalidate against their current clinical and/or non-clinical practice, and both the generic and specialist components of their work.

Revalidation is based on positive evidence that a doctor remains up-to-date and fit to practise against generic standards set by the GMC and specialist standards set by Colleges and Faculties and the Specialist Societies. The process centres on a revised system of annual appraisal, to which a doctor will bring a range of supporting information relating to the relevant generic and specialist standards.

Contact and support

Dr Basant Chaudhury is the CPD and Revalidation Director for the College.  He can be contacted via the College’s revalidation helpdesk.