Revalidation is the new process that registered nurses and midwives will undertake every 3 years to show that, as a professional, they are living by the Codes standards of practice and behaviour


The information provided on this website has been developed based on documentation and text contained within NMC Publications. This process is still fluid and so some documents may still change. For more and resources go to:

What is revalidation?

Revalidation is….

  • the process that allows you to maintain your registration with the NMC;
  • building on existing renewal requirements;
  • demonstrating your continued ability to practise safely and effectively, and
  • a continuous process that you will engage with throughout your career.
  • the responsibility of nurses and midwives themselves. You are the
  • owner of your own revalidation process

Revalidation is not…

  • an assessment of a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise;
  • a new way to raise fitness to practise concerns (any concerns about a nurse or midwife’s practice will continue to be raised through the existing fitness to practise process), or
  • an assessment against the requirements of your current/former employment.

Why is the NMC introducing revalidation?

  • to raise awareness of the Code and professional standards expected of nurses and midwives;
  • to provide you with the opportunity to reflect on the role of the Code in your practice as a nurse or midwife and demonstrate that you are ‘living’ these standards;
  • to encourage you to stay up to date in your professional practice by developing new skills and understanding the changing needs of the public and fellow healthcare professionals;
  • to encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and improvement;
  • to encourage you to engage in professional networks and discussions about your practice, and
  • to strengthen public confidence in the nursing and midwifery professions.

Revalidation and the code?

One of the main strengths of revalidation is that it reinforces the Code by asking nurses and midwives to use it as the reference point for all the requirements, including their written reflective accounts and reflective discussion.

This should highlight the Code’s central role in the nursing and midwifery professions and encourage nurses and midwives to consider how it applies in their everyday practice.

The Code (paragraph 22) requires you to fulfil all registration requirements.

To achieve this you must:

  • meet any reasonable requests so we can oversee the registration process (22.1);
  • keep to our prescribed hours of practice and carry out continuing professional development activities (22.2), and
  • keep your knowledge and skills up to date, taking part in appropriate and regular learning and professional development activities that aim to maintain and develop your competence and improve your performance (22.3).

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Confirming – How will this work in practice?

When the ‘confirmer’ is a registered nurse or midwife

The reflective discussion and the confirmation discussion can happen with the same person and it is recommended that this happens at the same meeting

When the ‘confirmer’ is not a registered nurse or midwife

If your line manager is not NMC registered you must undertake a discussion with somebody who is before you have the confirmation meeting with your manager.

Who can confirm a nurse or midwife?

The NMC strongly recommends that this be your line manager. They do not need to be a registered nurse or midwife. The NMC has provided a tool to help identify who can be a confirmer. to use the tool or to get more information please click on the link


Where can i get more information?

The information on this website is a guide only and a basic introduction. for full information please go to the website  or download the zip file with all the NMC documents related to revalidation:

How do I find out my renewal date?

 You can find your renewal date on your NMC Online account. Please note that your revalidation application will be due 30 days before your renewal date. This is to make sure that we have enough time to consider your application. For example, if your renewal date is 30 April 2015, then your application will be due on 31 March 2015.

Who will need to revalidate?

 All nurses and midwives will need to revalidate at the point of the renewal of their registration in order to remain on the NMC register.

What is third party confirmation?

Third party confirmation is where a third party can confirm that they have discussed your revalidation portfolio with you and, in their judgment, you have met the revalidation requirements.

Confirmation from a third party adds credibility to revalidation. It gives us extra assurance that you have met the revalidation requirements.

 Confirmation increases professionalism by making you more accountable for your performance and improvement. It also encourages those registrants who work in isolation from other colleagues to discuss their professional development and revalidation with a third party.

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