Educational Approval of a Training Programme and GMC Sanctions

Approval of a training programme

As the regulatory body, the GMC is responsible for giving approval to all new surgical training programmes. An application for the approval of a new programme is submitted by the LETB/Deanery and support is provided by the relevant SAC.

The GMC is currently reviewing its approvals process. Please see the GMC website for further details.

GMC QA sanctions

A sanction is any measure imposed by the GMC in response to a failure to meet its standards. It has a range of sanctions available including: imposing conditions which limit the time or scope of approval; refusing approval; and withdrawing recognition for training.

As part of its 2012/13 QA review, the GMC will be seeking to introduce a wider range of regulatory sanctions for more effective and timely QA interventions. For more details, please see the GMC website.