GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said revalidation would evolve, but at first ‘will not be perfect’ and ‘will not solve every problem’.
At the start, revalidation will be a ‘minimum’, he said, but over time it will develop and the quality of information used in revalidation will improve.
Mr Dickson said when revalidation is first implemented it could be possible that a doctor will get through, but a year later something emerges about their fitness to practise.
'That does not mean that the whole system has failed,’ Mr Dickson said.
'It means that we need to start off with something that is practical and proportionate and that we start to encourage more self-reflective practice, which we think is one of the really big gains of this.’