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GMC interim standards published for physician associates and anaesthesia associates

Read about the new interim standards which will come into effect when regulation is introduced.

22 October 2021

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published interim standards for physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs). This guidance will come into effect when regulation is introduced, and is being shared now in order to enable staff and employers to prepare for the regulation of these two staff groups, which the GMC hopes will have positive impacts on patient safety and workforce sustainability. 

You can find Good medical practice: interim standards for physician associates and anaesthesia associates on a new section of the GMC’s website, which also features case studies about working within competency, working with patients and working collaboratively with colleagues, along with advice for supervisors.

The GMC is also in the process of reviewing its guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice (GMP) and as part of this process, it is considering whether these standards should apply to all registrant groups. In the meantime, Good medical practice: interim standards for physician associates and anaesthesia associates will serve as interim guidance that will come into effect at the start of regulation for PAs and AAs, and remain in effect until the full review is concluded in 2023. 

The GMC will hold a full public consultation on its proposed approach, but if you’d like to hear more about this work as it progresses, you can sign up to the GMC’s GMP community of interest for regular updates on the review. 

If you have any questions about these new standards or the GMC’s programme of work to bring PAs and AAs into regulation, please email maps@gmc-uk.org.