What is the current status of revalidation in urology?

BJU Int. 2011 Oct;108(8):1248-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10375.x. Epub 2011 Aug 19.


The aim of revalidation (or maintenance of certification) is to reassure patients, the general public, employers and other healthcare professionals that an individual is fit to practice. It may lead to a reduction in near misses or adverse events. The process of revalidation entails a commitment to the provision of lifelong learning and assessment of clinical practice that ultimately ensure patient safety. Lifelong learning addresses knowledge and skills, whereas assessment of clinical practice ensures quality of care. Various learning and assessment tools are available in clinical practice; however, the tools for revalidation are not validated at specialist level. Further research is needed to develop and implement evidence-based structured programmes of revalidation that consider the holistic needs of modern urologists.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / methods*
  • United Kingdom
  • Urology* / education
  • Urology* / standards