Primary source verification for international medical graduates

International medical graduates applying for provisional or full registration with a licence to practise need to have their primary medical qualification independently verified before we grant registration.

This applies if you:

  • qualified at a medical school outside of the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, or
  • are a national of a country outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland who graduated from medical schools outside the UK

You must also not already hold provisional registration. 

How will you verify my primary medical qualification?

Verification is carried out by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (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 your awarding institution.

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