Revalidation Mythbusters

Addressing common misunderstandings about appraisal and revalidation

The GMC provides the definitive guidance on supporting information for appraisal and revalidation. This is complemented by the College's own revalidation guidance for psychiatrists (currently College Report 194) that helps you satisfy the GMC's requirements.

This 'mythbusters' guidance is aimed primarily at individual psychiatrists but is also relevant to everyone involved in appraisal and revalidation, including the appraiser and the responsible officer.

We want to dispel some of the confusion that has been identified and clarify recommendations and requirements. We also want to provide an equal experience of appraisal and revalidation for all psychiatrists, regardless of their context or geographical location.

This guidance is expected to be reviewed and updated regularly, so check back if you are unsure. If you find any of the clarifications unclear, or you want more information, please contact us at

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