DoH will rule on knowledge tests early in 2007

A decision on the future of knowledge tests in revalidation is expected early next year following opposition to them from the RCGP.

The RCGP's response to CMO for England Sir Liam Donaldson's proposals in ‘Good Doctors, Safer Patients' said: ‘The college does not support the introduction of routine and mandatory formal high-stakes examinations to revalidate doctors.'

A DoH spokeswoman said it was ‘too early' to say what the CMO's response would be.

The CMO's proposals for revalidation included recertification based on data from ‘clinical audit, simulator tests, knowledge tests, continuing professional development or observation of practice' (GP, 21 July).

Consultation on ‘Good Doctors, Safer Patients' closed earlier this month. The CMO is now considering responses.

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