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GMC guidelines 2011

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published new guidance for doctors, Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients.

The guidance comes into effect on 9 May 2011, when it replaces the previous version of the guidance which was issued in 2002.

This new publication provides detailed guidance on situations where doctors make recordings of patients, which may be used for a variety of purposes. These might include, for example:

• recordings made as part of a patient’s care
• for teaching, training, or assessment of health professionals and students
• research and development
• recordings for use in widely accessible public media, such as on the internet or broadcast on radio or television.

The process to develop the guidance involved consultation with doctors, patients and the public, medical training and education organisations, and others with an interest in this topic. The GMC is very grateful to all who participated in the consultation at various stages throughout the review – this input has had a significant role in shaping the advice we have published.

You can view Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients on the GMC’s website from the link below.

Information about the development of the guidance is available on the GMC’s news and consultation pages at: http:/

View the GMC Guidelines

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