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The GMC role in validation and licensing

There have been recent developments in clarifying and confirming the role of the General Medical Council in revalidation, re-licensing and appraisal, partly in response to the government White Paper Trust, Assurance and Safety - The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century (Department of Health, 2007a). The White Paper set out a series of proposals for reform of medical regulation and gave a significant role to the GMC in setting standards for revalidation. The GMC sees its role as providing ‘the core content of revalidation and for other organisations to embed these in the context of appraisal systems or assessment for recertification’ (GMC, 2008).

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