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Revalidation: a missed opportunity

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7918
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
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What do a washing machine and a tyre have in common? No: this is not a bad joke, although I’m sure I have been responsible for a fair few of those in my time. It is the quality labelling. When you buy a washing machine, it has a label that gives information independent of the manufacturer that tells you how good it is at washing and how much energy it uses. From this month, car tyres are subject to the same European regulations, so that you’ll know before you buy how good the …

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