The General Medical Council has published guidance to help responsible officers make revalidation recommendations about doctors. 

The guidance - 'Making revalidation recommendations: the GMC responsible officer protocol'- explains what responsible officers should take into account when deciding what their recommendation should be.  

Responsible officers have the ability to make three types of recommendation at the point that a doctor's revalidation is due:

  • a positive recommendation that a doctor should be revalidated
  • a request for a doctor's revalidation date to be deferred (because the doctors needs more time to collect supporting information, for example)
  • or a notification of "non-engagement".

The guidance is available to download from the GMC's website. It is aimed primarily at responsible officers but will be of interest to doctors, employers, and patients and the public.

Guidance on the wider role and functions of responsible officers was published by the Department of Health (England) in January 2011 and by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) in October 2010.