Revalidation requires doctors to demonstrate their continued fitness to practise.

Revalidation aims to give extra assurance to patients and the public, as well as other healthcare professionals, that doctors registered with a licence are regularly checked by their employers and the General Medical Council.

All licensed doctors will need to revalidate on a regular basis (usually every five years) by having a local evaluation of their performance through an appraisal process based on the GMC core guidance Good Medical Practice. The GMC website has more information on revalidation for doctors, employers and the public and the license to practise.

The role of the Academy in revalidation is to facilitate the work of the medical Royal colleges and faculties and to encourage them to share their experience and expertise for the development of revalidation methods. This is done through the Academy Professional Development Committee, chaired by Dr Susi Caesar and managed by Claire Coomber.