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Legislative changes
  1. J Brinklow1,
  2. A J Freemont2,
  3. H Zakhour1
  1. 1Royal College of Pathologists, 2 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AF, UK
  2. 2Department of Pathology, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor T Freemont
 Division of Laboratory and Regenerative Medicine, School of Medicine, Stopford Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT, UK;

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Changes governing entry to the GMC’s Specialist Register and training in pathology specialties

The organisation and administration of postgraduate medical education and training in the UK is currently undergoing substantial change. One aspect of this change is the introduction of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB), which will subsume the Specialist Training Authority as the UK competent authority for postgraduate medical training.

The “general and specialist medical practice (education and qualifications) order”, which sets out the legislative framework for the PMETB was passed by the Westminster and Scottish parliaments during March and April 2003, respectively, and made law at the May 2003 Privy Council meeting, although the PMETB will not take up its full statutory powers until September 2005.

Since 1996, it has been a legal requirement for a doctor to have his or her name entered on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (GMC) before taking up a substantive, honorary, or fixed …

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