The purpose of revalidation is to assure patients and the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up to date and fit to practise. Revalidation involves a continuing evaluation of your fitness to practise based on local systems of appraisal and clinical governance. In order to maintain a licence to practise all doctors are expected to have one appraisal per year based on the General Medical Council’s (GMC) core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.

The GMC has set out its generic requirements for good medical practice and appraisal in three main documents, listed below, and supported by guidance from the Royal Colleges of Pathologists.

All licensed doctors need to maintain a portfolio of supporting information drawn from their practice demonstrating how they are continuing to meet the requirements set out in the Good Medical Practice Framework for appraisal and revalidation. The online portfolio has the option to allow doctors to store and categorise supporting evidence.