The General Medical Council (GMC) have deferred revalidation for doctors who were due to revalidate between March and September.
GMC chief executive Charlie Massey said this should help “to free up vital time” as the NHS grapples with covid-19.
He told HSJ: “We’re doing everything in our power to support doctors and employers on the frontline, where patients need them most. We hope this will help ease the burden on doctors already working so hard to deliver the best possible care.”
The GMC however confirmed it does not plan to change its process for the provisional registration of medical students.
Colin Melville, GMC medical director and director of education for standards, said the body recognises these are “exceptional circumstances” and that medical schools may need to make their own adjustments.