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What do I need to do?

Before you start the verification process

Before you start the verification process you should check that we accept your primary medical qualification and/or post-graduate qualification.

If your qualifications don’t meet our criteria, we won’t be able to grant your registration with a licence to practise, even if they have been verified by ECFMG.

If you aren’t sure whether your qualification is acceptable, you should contact us before starting the verification process.

You should also create a GMC Online account.

To verify your document

You’ll need to set up an account on ECFMG’s online system, and they will send your document(s) to your medical school to be verified.

Once you’re sure your qualifications are acceptable, the first step is establishing an online EPIC account and confirming your identify.  Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to upload your qualifications for verification.  ECFMG will assess your qualifications and communicate directly with your awarding institution to confirm their authenticity.  When they’ve verified your qualifications, you’ll be informed by email and will be able to notify us.

We recommend that you start the verification process as early as possible and have your qualification(s) verified before applying. The time it takes to verify qualifications depends on a number of factors. We can only keep applications open for 90 days.

Who are ECFMG and what is EPIC?

ECFMG stands for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

They are a not for profit organisation based in the United States, with more than 30 years’ experience in primary source verification. They already provide this service for other regulators around the world..  For more information on ECFMG, visit www.ecfmg.org.

EPIC (Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials) is ECFMG’s online verification portal.  The EPIC website is where you will set up an account and submit your qualification for verification.

The EPIC verification process is managed entirely by ECFMG.

If you have any questions regarding EPIC and the EPIC verification process, please contact EPIC at info@ecfmgepic.org. Or you can ring +1 (215) 966-3900, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m EST (US Eastern Standard Time).

For further information on using EPIC, you can read the Special Instructions for GMC applicants.