This page explains what is meant by ‘designated body’ and ‘responsible officer’ in the context of revalidation, and how to identify your own designated body and responsible officer.
Who is my designated body?
Your designated body is the organisation that will provide you with a regular appraisal and support you with revalidation. You will need to ensure that the General Medical Council (GMC) knows who your designated body is.
For more information, visit the GMC’s My designated body page.
Who is my responsible officer?
Your responsible officer will make a revalidation recommendation about you on behalf of your designated body.
Doctors with no designated body
If you do not have a connection to a designated body (ie, a UK organisation that can support you with revalidation), please see the GMC website for alternative revalidation routes:
- GMC Information for doctors who do not have a designated body: This page explains about the ‘Suitable Person’ route.
- GMC Information for doctors who do not have a designated body or a suitable person: This page explains about the GMC assessment route. Note that a pass in both MRCOG 1 and MRCOG 2, within the last five years, will be accepted in place of the GMC revalidation assessment.