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Changes to the application process for international medical graduates

From 11 June 2018, applicants for provisional or full registration with a licence to practise will need to have their primary medical qualification independently verified before we grant their registration.

This will apply if you:

  • qualified at a medical school outside of the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • are a national of a country outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland who graduated from medical schools outside the UK
  • do not already hold provisional registration.

Important information – applications started before 11 June

Applications for provisional and full registration

Applications for provisional or full registration with a licence to practise which have not been submitted and paid for by midnight on 10 June, will be closed on 11 June as our systems need to be updated. If you start another application on or after 11 June, you will need to have your primary medical qualification (and post graduate qualification, if you have one) verified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) before we can grant registration with a licence to practise.

Applications for CESR with full registration and CEGPR with full registration

If you submit an application on or after 11 June, you will need to have your primary medical qualification verified by ECFMG before we can grant registration with a licence to practise. If you started your application before 11 June, an adviser will contact you to request your EPIC ID when we receive your application. You will need to have sent your primary medical qualification for verification before we can process your application.

How will you verify my primary medical qualification?

Verification will be carried out by the ECFMG through their online system – known as the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) service. ECFMG will verify the qualification is genuine by checking this directly with the doctor’s awarding institution.

Read this guide
If you're planning to apply for registration with a licence to practise after 11 June 2018.
Next steps
Once you're happy your qualification meets our criteria you should create your EPIC account.