The Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) route is governed by Article 14 of the General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003 which allows any combination of qualifications and/or training and experience gained anywhere in the world to be evaluated as part of an application for entry to the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register.

If you are contemplating applying for entry to the register under CESR it is essential that you read the Information for CESR applicants section. This includes College guidance for CESR applicants, CV guidance and the FRCPath regulations and guidelines.

Please contact GMC for queries related to the general CESR application process.



Should I contact the College prior to making a CESR application?

Who is eligible to apply for CESR?

Who is not eligible to apply for CESR?

I don’t have full GMC registration. Can I apply for specialist registration?

How do I apply?

What kind of evidence will I need to submit?

What does the process involve?

How can I find out what documents are required for my equivalence application?

Will the College review my application before I submit it to the GMC?

How long does the process take once I have submitted my application?

What is the fee for a CESR application?

If my application is unsuccessful, what are my options?


Information for CESR applicants