It is important to note that the focus of revalidation is on a doctor’s practice in the UK. Those doctors who practise abroad are under no obligation to maintain their licence to practise in the UK and they should carefully consider whether or not they need to whilst they remain abroad.
When practising abroad, it is possible for a doctor to relinquish their licence to practise in the UK whilst at the same time maintain their registration with the GMC. For more information:
If a doctor is to return to work in the UK, it is possible to re-apply for a licence to practise.. You can learn more about the process at:
If you work abroad and you wish to maintain your licence to practise in the UK, you will need to consider whether or not you can comply with all of the requirements and gather all of the appropriate supporting information. All supporting information, including reports for colleague and patient feedback will need to be in English. Any documents which are translated must be done so by a certified and independent translator. We will ask all those doctors working abroad and relating to our RO to prove how they intend to fulfil the requirements for revalidation and the RO will make a judgement as to whether or not the proposal would be acceptable.
The GMC can give further guidance on doctors working overseas, for further advice, you should call: +44 (0) 161 923 6277.