Information for Committee Members

How does the Equivalence Committee work?
The Equivalence Committee meet once a month to discuss applications received from the GMC. A minimum of two evaluators per application is required. Committee members prepare for the meeting by reading the application and forming a provisional decision. Individual applications are allocated to members attending the meeting and they lead on these during the meeting. Due to the workload and frequency of meetings, the Committee works on a roster system.  Members inform the Secretary of their availability and they are asked to attend as necessary.

Where there have been four or more applicants, the committee is divided into subgroups to consider batches of applicants under an experienced chair. These groups then report to the committee as a whole, where difficulties may be discussed further and decisions reviewed. The ultimate decision is legally the GMC’s. They have review committees for QA which look at whether the evidence College evaluators rely on supports the conclusions they draw. The review committee has the power to reverse the recommendations. The GMC can ask for a recommendation to be strengthened or clarified before adopting it.

Applying to be a CESR Assessor

The RCoA are encouraging applications for the role of CESR Assessor. CESR Assessors make up the Equivalence Committee which has an excellent track record of meeting the service level agreement (SLA) of the GMC. In order for the RCoA to continue to meet this SLA it needs to increase its pool of assessors. Being a CESR assessor is a rewarding role and helps to ensure that only applicants with the necessary skills and competences are recommended to join the Specialist Register.

If anyone would like to attend the Equivalence Committee to observe, or would like to express their interest in this role, please contact Chris Scorer at who will be able to assist you further.


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