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A background on revalidation

The implementation of revalidation began at the end of 2012. All doctors who wish to retain their licences to practise are now leagally required to be revalidated every five years, to prove they are up to date and fit to practise.

During the consultation process, we highlighted some key issues which we believed needed to be resolved before revalidation went ahead, including the question of remediation and the cost-effectiveness of the process.

Revalidation remains a key issue for the BMA.

We continue to help shape revalidation to ensure the process allows doctors to demonstrate their skills and capabilities without being too bureaucratic or onerous - and does not take them away from the all-important care of patients for too long.

In this section, read our analysis, find out more about our role in developing revalidation, and hear from key GMC figures on how the regulator and doctors should be working more closely.


Revalidation: a long time coming

The medical profession has been wrestling with the concept of revalidation for decades. Who and what has shaped the final version, due to begin this year?

Read our analysis


Where action is still needed

The implementation of revalidation is a huge challenge for all concerned - and not all the BMA's concerns have yet been addressed.

Read more about our concerns 


The GMC set out their position on revalidation

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson sets out the regulator's position on revalidation and why it is necessary.

Read more from Nial Dickson


Research behind revalidation

The BMA and the GMC have always been keen to ensure that revalidation, like medicine, is evidence-based.

Read more on the research behind revalidation


Organisational Readiness Self Assessment (ORSA) Report

This report sets out, for the first time, a snapshot of the comprehensiveness of clinical governance and appraisal systems in the context of revalidation, for the health sector in England at 31 March 2011. The Organisation Readiness Self Assessment (ORSA) tool used to capture this data was developed by the NHS Revalidation Support Team (RST).

Read the full report findings 


Independent evaluation of the Medical Revalidation Pathfinder Pilot

This report provides details of the evaluation of the Pathfinder Pilots based on the survey data received from March 2010 to 30 April 2011. The Pathfinder Pilot involved ten pilot sites where over 3,000 doctors undertook strengthened medical appraisal.

Read the full report findings 


BMA response to GMC consultation on the licence to practise and revalidation regulations 2012

The BMA recognises the importance of this consultation in setting out in detail the process by which doctors will demonstrate that they are up-to-date and fit to practise.

Read our response