Revalidation is a new process of regulation for all doctors that practice medicine in the UK. Every five years doctors will need to show that they are still fit to practise. The Government outlined plans for the revalidation process in the February 2007 White Paper: Trust, Assurance and Safety – The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century.
If you are on the specialist register, you will need to go through a defined process to be recertified and relicensed. If you are not on the Specialist Register, you will only need to be relicensed. In general, the process will seem the same.
The details of the revalidation process yet to be finalised. The College is working with a other relevant bodies to set standards and design procedures for this. More information is available on the College website.