GMC to answer revalidation FAQs

The GMC is to publish a document answering frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the subject of revalidation.

The FAQ document aims to fill the communications vacuum that has surrounded the process since its conception. Newly elected GMC chairman Professor Peter Rubin said that the regulator wanted to 'make sure people have the facts rather than speculate without them'.

The document is expected to be published by the end of May, but will be updated as the revalidation pilots report.

It will clarify the relationship between relicensing and recertification, and assure doctors that they will only need to prove themselves in their current specialism, rather than in the area they may have first trained in.

Paul Buckley, the GMC's director of education and revalidation, said the process was intended to be 'as straightforward as it can be'. He added: 'It should be something doctors can do almost without noticing.'

Revalidation is expected to begin in 2011. But variations in existing appraisal systems make it unlikely to begin nationwide simultaneously.

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