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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:a

Though Harold Shipman was clearly an aberration, the case of this singlehanded GP who murdered so many of his patients (p 401) has once again put British doctors, and their means of regulating themselves, under an uncomfortable spotlight.

One of the mechanisms that might help prevent future Shipmans is revalidation, and one of the underpinnings of revalidation is continuing professional education and development. This week's BMJ has several articles on what is happening with such education internationally, and our website this week has a …

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