GMC consultation: ‘Proposed changes to our records retention policy’
19 Jul 2012
The GMC has been consulting on proposed changes to how long they keep certain kinds of information.
- To retain a full registration application record for either:
- 70 years from the date of registration, or
- To retain rejected applications for 40 years
- To retain information on erasures indefinitely
- To retain notifications from third parties (eg. the police or overseas regulators) for 40 years
- To keep fitness to practise records relating to a case for between four and ten years depending on which stage it reaches
- Develop summary records of transactions which would be kept indefinitely
- We agree with the proposal to develop summary care records but think registrants should be able to comment on their accuracy.
- We do not agree that information about applications for registration should be kept indefinitely
- We have suggested shorter retention periods (three to five years) for fitness to practice records which we think are more proportionate.
Read the full consultation response