Every three years nurses and midwives will need to renew their registration with the NMC to continue to be employed as a registered nurse or midwife. They do this by meeting our revalidation standards.

Nurses and midwives who do not meet our revalidation standards will cause their registration to lapse. Legally they will not be able to work as a registered nurse or midwife, which may affect the services you offer to your patients and service users. There are potentially serious legal implications for employers should a nurse or midwife be found to be working with a lapsed registration.

Revalidation and employers

As an employer of nurses and midwives, it is important you understand your role in ensuring compliance with our revalidation standards. The revalidation requirements replace the post-registration education and practice (Prep) requirements which ended on 31 March 2016.

The revalidation requirements are detailed in How to revalidate with the NMC and on the revalidation microsite. We have also published specific guidance for employers which sets out the type of support that employers can provide.

One of the revalidation requirements is for minimum hours of CPD attendance. It is your responsibility as an employer to support the nurses and midwives who work for you in carrying out appropriate and relevant training. This may mean protecting any funding required to support attendance at learning activities.

More information

As an employer, you are responsible for regularly checking the registration status of the nurses and midwives you employ. To enable these regular checks, we provide a free online service for employers with up-to-date information about the current registration status, including any fitness to practise activity.

Please read our Advice and information for employers of nurses and midwives (updated 2016). This provides more information about our role as the regulator, and your responsibilities as an employer in protecting the public.