The regulator sent a letter to all GP practices containing a code enabling them to login to an online registration form last week.
Practices can complete the form online from now, but will need to formally submit their application during one of four 28-day windows.
Practices can choose which of the four windows – between September and December 2012 – they wish to register in when they first visit the registration website, but places in each will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
A helpline set up to support practices attempting to register had received around 40 calls since the letter was sent, according to a CQC spokesman.
The spokesman urged practices to visit the website as soon as possible. ‘The advantage is that you can start thinking now about anything that you may not be compliant on. You can print it all out, and take it to practice meetings.
‘We have rigorously tested it with about 200 practices – we would encourage people to go in and have a look, and come to us if there are any questions.’