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Revalidation for those without a Responsible Officer/Designated Body

Revalidation aims to give your patients greater confidence that you are up to date in the area of medicine in which you practise. Revalidation started on 3 December 2012. The General Medical Council expected to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors by March 2016.  The process is not yet complete.  If you hold a licence to practise, you are legally required to revalidate, usually every five years, by having a regular appraisal based on the core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.  If you successfully re-validate, this means you can continue to hold a licence to practise.

Revalidation will also support you in maintaining and developing your practice throughout your career in medicine, by ensuring that you have the opportunity to regularly reflect on how you can change and improve your practice.

The majority of doctors working in the NHS or in the private sector will have links to a Designated Body and have a Responsible Officer.

A minority of doctors will not have links to a Designated Body and thus do not have a Responsible Officer.  Those working in the various aspects of forensic & legal medicine may be included in this group.

The FFLM has appointed a Suitable Person to make revalidation recommendations for doctors working within forensic & legal medicine.  Specifically the FFLM Suitable Person is for doctors with a licence to practise who do not have a prescribed connection elsewhere and are Fellows, Members, Licentiates, Affiliates or Associate members of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians.

If you wish to enquire about or utilise this service (for which a fee is charged) please contact the Faculty at forensic.medicine@fflm.ac.uk putting ‘Suitable Person enquiry’ in the subject heading and further details will be provided.