Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce imminently whether the government intends to proceed with plans to roll out revalidation from December this year.
His decision will be influenced by a recommendation from the GMC, which in turn bases its advice on a statement of readiness from health departments across the UK.
Following a meeting today, Sir Keith Pearson, chairman of the UK Revalidation Programme Board (UKRPB) - which will oversee the implementation of revalidation - will write to GMC chairman Professor Sir Peter Rubin, to confirm that all four countries are ready to support the introduction of revalidation later this year.
The GMC will consider these statements, as well as its own readiness assessment made earlier this year, at its council meeting on 27 September and agree whether to recommend the roll-out of revalidation to the health secretary.
The news comes as the Revalidation Support Team (RST) – a DH funded body set up to support the implementation of revalidation – said that it had piloted the proposed model for revalidation, as set out in its 'medical appraisal guide', and found it was fit for purpose.
Professor Sir Peter Rubin said: ‘This is an important step on the way to starting revalidation. I look forward to receiving Sir Keith’s letter and to discussing it at our council meeting next week.’