The General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent regulator of medical doctors in the United Kingdom. All doctors must register with the GMC, hold a license to practise and meet set professional standards to work in the UK and be fit to practise. The GMC sets the standards that medical training organisations have to meet in the delivery of their training, and in the development of postgraduate curricula.
Qualified doctors do not need specific qualifications to perform cosmetic interventions (surgery). There is no a defined ‘route’ to becoming a cosmetic surgeon, and as a result no average training period.