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HPC position statement on Revalidation

Date of publication: 16/03/2010
Category: Position statement
Audience: Journalists and media
The 2007 government White Paper – Trust, Assurance and Safety: the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals in the 21st Century stated that:

‘revalidation is necessary for all health professionals, but its intensity and frequency needs to be proportionate to the risks inherent to the work in which each practitioner is involved…the regulatory body for each non-medical profession should be in charge of approving standards which registrants will need to meet to maintain their registration on a regular basis.’ (paragraphs 2.29 and 2.30)’

The HPC already has a number of systems in place to ensure the continuing fitness to practise of its registrants. These include its two yearly registration renewals process, continuing professional development audits and fitness to practise processes.
However, work is underway to further explore the government’s proposals for revalidation of health professionals. The HPC is undertaking a series of projects to increase its understanding on whether additional measures are required to ensure the continuing fitness to practise of its registrants. The projects will explore:
• the current level of risk posed to the public by our registrants;
• any possible gaps in the current systems where fitness to practise concerns may not be picked up; and
• the feasibility and cost of different revalidation approaches that are already in use across the UK and internationally.

Revalidation is a process by which a regulated professional periodically has to demonstrate that he or she remains fit to practise.

For more information please visit the revalidation section of the HPC website:

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