The purpose of revalidation is to assure patients and the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up to date and fit to practice.

Revalidation will involve a continuing evaluation of your fitness to practice and will be based on local systems of appraisal and clinical governance. In order to revalidate, you must collect supporting information as in the GMC’s Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation (2011).

There is a range of guidance and tools available for surgical revalidation:

Revalidation guide

The surgical Royal Colleges and the surgical specialty associations have published a Revalidation Guide for Surgery which brings together key information in current revalidation requirements and processes in all four UK nations, and aims to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on surgical revalidation. The guide was current at the time of publication and will be subject to change as the GMC, the Department of Health, the Colleges and other partners update and amend their guidance.

Staff and Associate Specialist Surgeons: guide on revalidation

Certain groups of doctors and surgeons such as Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) surgeons face particular challenges in meeting these requirements due to the nature of their work and employment circumstances.  This guide attempts to identify the key challenges of practice, employment and regulation relating to SAS surgeons as they affect their revalidation, and brings together existing relevant policy, guidance and tools from the GMC, Royal Colleges, NHS Employers and other partners to assist SAS surgeons with their revalidation.

Continuing Professional Development

All surgeons in non-training grades who have a licence to practice and wish to remain on the GMC register must participate in CPD activities to meet the requirements of revalidation. The GMC will require documented proof of CPD as an essential part of successful appraisal and revalidation.  This document offers guidance on continuing professional development.

Colleague and Patient Feedback

This document offers key points for surgeons to guide them through collecting feedback from colleagues and patients as one of the pieces of supporting information needed for revalidation.


BAPS has also created a new committee to deal with revalidation issues, and this is under the Chair of Richard Stewart .