Everything you need to know about Revalidation

Revalidation Guidance:


About Revalidation

Since 2009 all doctors who wish to practice medicine have been required to have a Licence, issued by the General Medical Council, which demonstrates that they are up to date and fit to practice (including those who wish to retain the right to prescribe medication and certify deaths).

The renewal of this Licence, through the process of Revalidation, is based on a recommendation by your responsible officer. This recommenation is informed by satisfactory completion of 5 annual appraisals and any available clinical governance information.  

The principles of appraisal and Revalidation are supported by the Scottish Government. Although it is recognised that the overwhelming majority of doctors in Scotland already practice to a high standard, it is important to support doctors to maintain and develop the care they provide. Appraisal allows doctors to demonstrate that this is the case and to reassure patients that their doctor is keeping up to date.

In addition, doctors on the specialist register or general practice register will be required to demonstrate that they are practising to recognised minimum standards. The GMC has worked with stakeholders to identify these standards and to recommend a menu of supporting information that would be appropriate for a doctor to present over a five year period to demonstrate that the doctor is "fit to practice".  

Visit the GMC website or your Royal College's or Faculty's website for further details.

The guidance offered throughout this website describes how Revalidation is delivered in Scotland. Revalidation builds on the appraisal structures  already in place in both primary and secondary care. It ensures that all doctors in Scotland who require to be revalidated will complete an  appraisal every year.


This page was last updated on: 02/08/2017