The General Medical Council (GMC) is a public body that maintains the official register of medical practitioners within the United Kingdom. It promotes the goal "protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public" and ensures your fitness to practice.
In order to be eligible for working in the UK in either a training or a non-training post, you need to have a registration with the GMC with a license to practice. There are the following types of registration:
Graduating from a European medical school you will most likely be eligible for the 2nd option, ie. full registration with a license to practice.
For more information, please visit the GMC guide to medical register .
The United Kingdom has left the European Union and currently is in a transition period until the 31st December 2020. The doctors, who will have joined the medical registry before that date, will not be affected by Brexit. However, the process of registration might change in 2021. If you want to join the GMC and you wish to work in the UK from 2021 onwards, you are strongly advised to visit the official GMC website for further updates.
First, visit the GMC website and make an account. You can do this at any point during your medical studies. To apply for registration you need to be near the end of your medical degree (2-3 months before graduation). You apply online via the GMC website and then your application is processed. At that point you do not need to present any official documents. Once your application is accepted for consideration, you will be contacted by the GMC to arrange a face-to-face appointment. It is at this meeting where you will have to present all official documents such as your passport and medical degree (no photocopies accepted).
If you aim to start working in August, as an FY2 stand-alone doctor, this process will have to be completed before your job commences. We understand that most degrees are awarded in July, creating a very brief time frame, and the GMC does too. So, instead of bringing your actual medical degree in the face-to-face appointment, you can request a letter from the dean of your university confirming that you have passed your last exam and are going to graduate. The original letter with the university seal will suffice for the GMC to validate your status. Always contact the GMC beforehand to make them aware of your situation and they will guide you as to the necessary paperwork they will require. After this appointment, you are done.
The GMC will take some time to complete your registration and will then provide you with your GMC number, which is a unique identifier for you. You can search for a doctor in the register using this number and will have to use it when signing several documents in your clinical practice.
Once registered, all doctors need to demonstrate that they practise in line with the principles and values set out in Good medical practice to maintain their membership in the medical registry
If there are issues, complaints or concerns that raise questions about any doctor’s fitness to practise, the GMC might decide to undertake provisional enquiry and/or investigation and depending on the outcome to suspend or erase doctors from the medical register.
For more information on the GMC’s fitness to practice procedures, please visit: