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Designated Body Updates

06 April 2021: GMC Guidance on supporting information for appraisal and revalidation – summary of updated sections

Contacting the Revalidation Team

Email: revalidation@fpm.org.uk

Should you need to call: 
+44 (0) 20 3696 9035 for general queries, questions about the registration process or for reporting PReP issues
+44 (0) 20 3696 9036 for questions about your revalidation date
+44 (0) 20 3696 9033 for questions about your appraisal

All doctors who wish to maintain a licence to practise are required to demonstrate they are up to date and fit to practise, usually every five years, via the revalidation process. It also gives extra confidence to patients that their doctor is being regularly checked.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine is named as a designated body in the Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) Regulations 2010 and has appointed Dr Susan Bews FFPM as the Responsible Officer. It is the Responsible Officer’s role to make a revalidation recommendation to the GMC once every five years.

If you are undertaking Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST), please visit our page about revalidation for trainees.

Where to start

1. Is FPM your Designated Body (DB)?

This GMC tool will help you to correctly find your connection for revalidation.

2.  Are you a member?

If you are satisfied that FPM should be your designated body, you should complete an application for affiliate membership  and submit it to us with a copy of your current CV.

Once your membership has been approved by us, you should go to your GMC Online account and select the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine as your designated body. The GMC will then notify us and we’ll start the revalidation registration process, sending you registration details, documents, and an invoice for your annual revalidation fee.

If you are already a member please ensure that your membership is up to date.

3.  Annual Appraisals

All licensed doctors are required to participate in annual appraisals for revalidation. These should be based on a portfolio of supporting information drawn from your practice which demonstrates how you are continuing to meet the principles and values set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (GMP).

Once your registration documents have been processed you will be notified of the date of your next appraisal, given access to the e-portfolio system PReP and allocated an appraiser from FPM’s dedicated pool.

4. Revalidation

The Responsible Officer makes a recommendation to the GMC about your fitness to practise, normally every five years. The recommendation will be based on the outcome of your annual appraisals, combined with information drawn from the governance systems of the organisation in which the doctor works.

The GMC’s decision to revalidate a licensed doctor is informed by the Responsible Officer’s recommendation. The GMC monitor a number of aspects of revalidation to provide confidence about the process.

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