Nurse Revalidation

Revalidation is a new process put in place by the NMC taking effect from April 2016 by which Nurses and Midwives working in the UK demonstrate their ability to practice safely and effectively. Nurses and Midwives will have to show that they incorporate the Code into their day to day practice and personal development.

Revalidation will  take place every three years to renew Nurses registration and enable them to continue to practice. This has been built on the post registration education and practice  (Prep) requirements currently in place and will ensure that nurses remain fit to practice throughout their career.

The NMC provide guidance for registrants, confirmers and employers. Please visit the NMC Website

Preparing for Revalidation


Key Terms

The registration process: Every three years from when you join (or re-join) the register you will need to renew your registration by revalidating. Every year you will also need to retain your registration by paying an annual fee. If you don’t complete these processes on time your registration will expire.

Fee expiry date: The deadline for paying your annual fee in order to retain your registration.

Revalidation application date: The deadline for submitting your revalidation application. It is the first day of the month in which your registration expires, so if your renewal date is 30 April, your revalidation application date will be 1 April.

Renewal date: The date on which your registration will be renewed if you have successfully completed your revalidation application. It is the last day of the month in which your registration expires.


 Here are some helpful tips for Nurses to make revalidation as easy as possible:

  • Join NMC Online

Your full application needs to be submitted via NMC Online, so you will need to set up an account. You can also check your renewal date, progress of your application and the status of your registration via your NMC Online account.  Click here to join.  Please ensure that your contact details are kept up to date. The most common reason for late submissions to the NMC is due to contact information being incorrect.


  • Read up on the Code

The requirements for revalidation have been based upon the values and standards of the Code. The NMC are looking for evidence that your pracitice standards reflect upon the Code. Have a read through and try and relate your evidence for each requirement back to a relevant part of the Code. You can download the Code by clicking here.


  • Keep your evidence safe

Having all of your work together when you come to complete your application will make the process a lot smoother. The NMC recommend creating a portfolio to keep your evidence together. This could be an e-portfolio or even part of a professional portfolio you already keep.

It is important to understand that all components of the revalidation process are the responsibility of the Nurse. Revalidation is not an assessment of your fitness to practice, a new way to raise fitness to practice concerns or an assessment against the requirements of your current/former employer. 

The 8 requirements and how to meet them


This section explains more about the 8 requirements, the supporting evidence needed, what Nurses need to do to ensure the requirement is met and suggested time frames. Links to NMC templates that will help you record the evidence needed to met the requirement have been included where necessary.

Information for Confirmers

As part of revalidation, Nurses will need to demonstrate to an appropriate person that they have met all of the requirements. This person is the confirmer.

It is important that Confirmers understand their role in the revalidation process. Follow the links below to find out more:

What is a confirmer?
  • A confirmers role is to check whether the nurse has met the requirements of revalidation.
  • It is advised that Nurses keep a portfolio of evidence which they can use to demonstrate how the requirements have been met.
  • As a confirmer, you will not be asked to make an assessment of a Nurses fitness to practice or assess the quality of their work. You are simply looking to see that they can demonstrate they have met the requirements.
When does confirmation take place?

Confirmation should take place in the final year of a nurses three year registration period.


Confirmation should take place face to face and in a appropriate setting. This could form part of an appraisal.



Who can be a confirmer

It is for the individual nurse to decide who their confirmer should be, however, it is recommended that it should be a line manager.

Where this is not possible, the NMC have developed a tool which can help identify an appropriate person. The link below will take you to this tool:

NMC Confirmer tool




For further information, please follow this link to download the NMC Guidance for Confirmers

Information for Employers

Click here to download the NMCs Guidance for Employers



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