The Purpose of Revalidation

On the 3rd December 2012, the General Medical Council (GMC) introduced revalidation, a new system of regulating licensed doctors. The purpose of revalidation is to provide greater assurance to patients, the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are (a) up-to-date with current knowledge and (b) fit to practice.

Every doctor who is fully registered with a license to practice will need to revalidate, usually every five years. In addition, for doctors in postgraduate training, you will also revalidate when you receive your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

This will happen through a recommendation being made to the GMC by the Responsible Officer, normally a senior licensed doctor in the doctor’s organisation or designated body.

Revalidation is directly linked to the annual appraisal process and for trainees this will take place at the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).


Revalidation for Doctors in Training

For trainee doctors, the five year revalidation cycle will start at the point of full registration with a license to practice, which usually occurs at the start of Foundation Year Two (F2).

The GMC have set revalidation dates for approximately 60 days after expected CCT date. For trainees who do not yet have a CCT date (mainly those in Foundation or Core programmes) and those whose expected CCT date is more than 5 years away, a revalidation date has been assigned between 2014 and 2018. For those whose training programme lasts less than five years, as in General Practice, their first revalidation will take place at CCT.

The designated body for trainees will be the Local Education and Training Board (LETB), and the Responsible Officer (RO) will be the Postgraduate Dean, or an appointed deputy. As a trainee in the East of England, your designated body is Health Education England working across the East of England (formerly EoE Deanery) and your Responsible Officer is Professor Bill Irish, Postgraduate Dean, for the purpose of revalidation.

The Postgraduate Deans, acting as Responsible Officers, will base their recommendations for revalidation on information supplied for the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).


Changes to the ARCP Process for Revalidation

In order to incorporate revalidation, the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) has been enhanced by developing the existing documents. The Form R part B, Educational Supervisor's report and ARCP Outcome form now include sections relevant to revalidation.

The ARCP panel will determine whether or not there are any causes for concern, and the chair of the panel will relay this to the Responsible Officer via the ARCP Outcome Form. This will happen annually, although revalidation itself is on a five-year cycle.



If you have any questions around revalidation, who is an RO, what is involved, etc, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Health Education England, working across the East of England will continue to provide you with regular updates and other information.

All revalidation queries can be directed to the Revalidation Team at


Revalidation for Nurses

Please note this is not carried out by the GMC or HEE EoE.  For queries and information regarding revalidation for nurses, please see the Nursing & Midwifery Council Revalidation website.