Practitioners will be familiar with the core guidance, Good Medical Practice (2006), which describes what is expected of all doctors registered with the GMC. It is a doctor's responsibility to be familiar with Good Medical Practice and to follow the guidance it contains. Serious or persistent failure to follow the guidance will put a doctor's registration at risk.

The GMC has launched a review of the guidance, which was last reviewed in 2005/6, to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant for all doctors working today and reflects patients' views of good practice. The review will also provide an opportunity to ensure that Good Medical Practice remains fit for its many other purposes, including as the foundation for appraisal and revalidation, informing the medical undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and assessing doctors' fitness to practise. This review is being undertaken at a time of major change in the delivery of healthcare, and the role and functions of the GMC itself.

As part of the review, the GMC is seeking views from all of its interest groups to ensure that the guidance continues to express the values of the profession and helps doctors provide good care for patients. You can take part in the initial consultation on the GMC's public consultation website. The initial consultation will close on 8 April 2011. The GMC intends to analyse and report on the responses to the consultation in May 2011 and a formal, public consultation on the revised guidance will be launched in October this year.