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What is a recommendation?

When your revalidation submission date is approaching the GMC require your RO to submit what is known as a recommendation.

There are three recommendations which the RO can submit:

  1. To revalidate
  2. To defer revalidation
  3. Non-Engagement


It is important to note that to be deferred is not a negative action. Often this is for administrative purposes. A deferral is recommended when there is not enough evidence at the time a recommendation is required. For example, if you have not had an ARCP within the last 12 months because of maternity leave, a deferral would be recommended.

If you are named in a complaint or serious incident which is still being investigated the RO is unable to make a recommendation to revalidate. Instead, a recommendation to defer revalidation is made. It is very important that if you are involved in an investigation you keep the revalidation team up to date with the progress by e-mailing us in confidence

Please read our Complaints, Incidents and Investigations page for more information.

Once a recommendation has been submitted by us to the GMC , we will send you a confirmation e-mail. Once the GMC have approved the recommendation they will advise you of your new revalidation submission date.

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