The GMC, which is planning to issue the first licences to practise to around 150,000 doctors by the end of 2008 is planning to pilot relicensing in 2009 and has named a planned roll-out date of 2010 for relicensing, the first part of revalidation.
But no date has been suggested for specialist recertification, the second part of reli- censing that will be obligatory for GPs.
'Recertification is at a much earlier stage than relicensing. It would be unwise to predict piloting dates,' GMC chief executive Finlay Scott told GP.
Revalidation should follow within five years of the issue of the first licenses to practise in 2008, according to Trust Assurance and Safety, the government's White Paper on medical and healthcare regulation.
'At some point we will agree with the government a timetable for revalidation and then the timetable will start to roll,' Mr Scott said.
The decision to issue licences to practise in accordance with the GMC's wishes could still be delayed by the UK Revalidation Steering Group.
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