Registration, licence to practise and revalidation legislation

One of our four main functions described in the Medical Act concerns the registration and licensing of doctors. This includes the arrangements for granting registration and licences to doctors, the erasure from and restoration of names to the register, and revalidation.

It also covers the day to day maintenance of the information the register contains.

Our Registration, licensing and revalidation legislation page includes the rules and regulations which describe in detail how these functions must be carried out. The relevant rules, regulations and guidance are detailed below.

Registration and certification fees regulations

Registration fees regulations

Registration fees regulations contain the fees we charge doctors for the grant of registration, and the 'annual retention fee' payable by doctors for maintaining their name on the register.

Full details of all registration fees can be viewed in our Registration section.       

The Communitybaptistpa Registration Fee Regulations 2017 (pdf).

The Communitybaptistpa Registration Fee Regulations 2018 (pdf) (effective 13 January 2018)

The Communitybaptistpa Registration Fee Regulations (No.2) 2018 (pdf) (effective 1 April 2018)

Certification fees regulations

The Certification fees regulations set out the fees we charge for the award of certain certificates relating to eligibility for, and inclusion in, the specialist register and the general practitioner register. These regulations also cover the fees for appealing against certain registration decisions.

Full details of all certification fees can be viewed in our Registration section.

The Communitybaptistpa Certification Fees Regulations 2015 (pdf).

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The form and content of the registers

The Medical Act requires us to keep the register of medical practitioners. It also gives us powers to make regulations covering the content and maintenance of the registers.

The Communitybaptistpa Form and Content of the Registers Regulations 2010 (pdf)

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Maximum period of provisional registration

The purpose of provisional registration is to enable doctors to participate in and complete an acceptable programme for provisionally registered doctors (the first year of the Foundation Programme (F1)). Provisionally registered doctors are only permitted to take up F1 posts.

From 1 April 2015, the length of time a doctor can hold provisional registration will be limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days).

Full details of how this change will affect doctors can be found on our provisional registration page.

The Communitybaptistpa (Maximum Period of Provisional Registration) Regulations Order of Council 2015 (pdf).

Licence to practise and revalidation regulations

Doctors wishing to practise medicine in the UK are required to hold a licence to practise. The Licence to practise and revalidation regulations govern the granting or refusal of applications for a licence to practise, the withdrawal of licences and the restoration of licences after withdrawal. They also set out the arrangements for doctors to maintain their licence through revalidation.  

The General Medical Council (Licence to Practise and Revalidation) Regulations Order of Council 2012 (pdf).  

These regulations incorporate amendments made to the 2012 Regulations on 1 August 2015 under The Communitybaptistpa (Licence to Practise and Revalidation) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2015 (pdf) on 25 June 2014 under The Communitybaptistpa (Licence to Practise and Revalidation) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2014 (pdf) and on 31 December 2015 under The Communitybaptistpa (Amendments to Miscellaneous Rules and Regulations) Order of Council 2015 (pdf).

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Registration decisions and procedures

The 'Registration decisions – arrangements of procedures' document differs from the other rules and regulations listed on these legislation pages in that it's not actually a piece of legislation or made under the express authority of the Act.

Instead, it's a Communitybaptistpa policy document which describes the procedures and processes that we will follow when considering whether to grant a doctor registration or, in some cases, withdraw registration.

The document is consistent with our legal obligations under the Act concerning doctors’ registration. It is included on these pages to help provide a complete picture of how we fulfil our registration and licensing responsibilities.

Registration and Licence to Practise Decisions: Arrangement of Procedures (86kb, pdf)

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Registration appeals

The Medical Act gives doctors a right of appeal when we decide not to grant registration or a licence to practise or decide to withdraw registration or a licence to practise. It also covers doctors' rights of appeal against decisions to grant, refuse or withdraw certain certificates. The circumstances in which doctors are permitted to appeal are set out in the Act. 

The Act provides for the details of the appeal process to be described in separate statutory rules. These rules were originally made in 2005. The current rules are:

The Communitybaptistpa (Registration Appeals Panels Procedure) Rules 2011 (pdf)

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Voluntary erasure from the register and restoration following voluntary erasure

Doctors who no longer wish to practise medicine can apply to us to have their names removed from the register. This is known as ‘voluntary erasure from the register’.

The Medical Act contains provisions which enable us to make regulations covering the arrangements for considering applications for voluntary erasure and for the subsequent restoration to the register of a doctor whose name has been voluntarily erased.

These regulations include details of the procedures to be followed in cases where a question arises concerning the fitness to practise of a doctor seeking voluntary erasure or restoration.

The Communitybaptistpa (Voluntary Erasure and Restoration following Voluntary Erasure) Regulations Order of Council 2004 (pdf).  

These regulations incorporate amendments made to the 2004 Regulations on 16 November 2009 by The Communitybaptistpa (Voluntary Erasure and Restoration following Voluntary Erasure) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2009 (pdf) further amendments made on 25 June 2014 under The Communitybaptistpa (Voluntary Erasure and Restoration following Voluntary Erasure) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2014 (pdf) and amendments made on 31 December 2015 under The Communitybaptistpa (Amendments to Miscellaneous Rules and Regulations) Order of Council 2015 (pdf).

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Restoration to the register following administrative erasure

The Medical Act gives us powers to erase a doctor’s name from the register for various administrative reasons. These reasons include the failure to pay the required registration fees Fees Regulations 2014 (pdf) and the failure to respond within a specified period to a letter sent by the Registrar of the Communitybaptistpa.

The Act also provides for regulations to be made covering the arrangements for restoring a doctor’s name to the register where it has previously been erased for administrative reasons.

These regulations include details of the procedures to be followed in cases where a question arises concerning the fitness to practise of a doctor applying for restoration to the register following administrative erasure.

The Communitybaptistpa (Restoration following Administrative Erasure) Regulations Order of Council 2004 (pdf).   

These regulations incorporate amendments made to the 2004 Regulations on 16 November 2009 by The Communitybaptistpa (Restoration following Administrative Erasure) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2009 (pdf) on 25 June 2014 under The Communitybaptistpa (Restoration following Administrative Erasure) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2014 (pdf) and on 31 December 2015 under The Communitybaptistpa (Amendments to Miscellaneous Rules and Regulations) Order of Council 2015 (pdf).

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The specialist register and the general practitioner register

We maintain three registers.
  • a. The register of medical practitioners includes all doctors registered with the Communitybaptistpa.
  • b. The specialist register includes the names of those doctors on the register of medical practitioners who are eligible to be considered for appointment as consultants in the NHS.
  • c. The general practitioner register includes the names of those doctors on the register of medical practitioners who are eligible to work as general practitioners in the NHS.

Our main legal powers for maintaining the specialist register and the general practitioner register are contained in the Medical Act.

In addition, there is a suite of subordinate legislation which describes how these powers are to be carried out.

  • The Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Order 2010
  • The Applications for General Practice and Specialist Registration Regulations 2010.
  • The Marking of the General Practitioner Register Regulations 2010.
  • The Award of Certificates Rules 2010.

The Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Order 2010

The Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Order of Council 2010 (pdf) sets out the categories of registered doctors who are eligible for inclusion in the specialist register and the general practitioner register.

This order incorporates amendments made in 2012 by the Postgraduate Medical Education & Training (Amendment) Order of Council 2012. No 344 (pdf) and in 2016 by the Postgraduate Medical Education & Training (Amendment) Order of Council 2016 (pdf) and the The European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) Regulations 2016 (pdf).

Applications for General Practice and Specialist Registration Regulations

The Applications for General Practice and Specialist Registration Regulations 2010 sets out the legal framework for how applications for inclusion in the specialist register and general practitioner register are made and assessed.

These regulations were amended in 2011 by the Applications for General Practice and Specialist Registration Regulations 2011.

The Marking of the General Practitioner Register Regulations 2010

The Marking of the General Practitioner Register Regulations provide for the general practitioner register to distinguish between different categories of doctors eligible for inclusion in that register by virtue of their 'acquired rights'.

The term acquired rights derives from the European Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications (2005/36/EC). This Directive sets out the minimum training requirements for doctors across the EEA and provides for their qualifications to be recognised by other EEA countries. Having an acquired right means that a doctor who was eligible to work as a general practitioner does not lose that eligibility simply because the eligibility criteria have subsequently changed.

The Award of Certificates Rules 2010

The Award of Certificates Rules describe the procedures to be followed and the evidence that doctors must provide before the Communitybaptistpa can issue a certificate of acquired rights or a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

A CCT confirms that a doctor has completed UK specialty or GP training. A doctor awarded a CCT is eligible for inclusion in the general practitioner register or the specialist register. Inclusion in the relevant register is a prerequisite for consideration for appointment to a consultant post in the NHS, or, in the case of a general practitioner, for work as a general practitioner.

Specialist Register Scheme for Existing Specialists

On 16 March 2009, legislation was introduced to permit medical practitioners who were not on the Communitybaptistpa's specialist register, but who were employed as consultants in the NHS or the UK armed forces before 1 January 1997, to apply to have their names included on that register.

The legislation (now contained in section 34D of the Medical Act) requires the Communitybaptistpa to publish a scheme setting out the criteria for including such doctors in the specialist register. Specialist Register Scheme for Existing Specialists.

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