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 qualification.
If you hold a primary medical qualification, specialist or GP qualification awarded in the EEA or Switzerland, you can check whether we accept it as a Relevant European 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.
If you have concerns that obtaining verifications will put your personal safety at risk, you should contact us before starting this process.
To verify your document
Once you’re sure your qualifications are acceptable for us, you’ll need to send them to ECFMG to be verified.
We've summarised the main steps below - for detailed instructions, please read the special instructions for GMC applicants.
- Set up an online EPIC account
This will include confirming your identity with ECFMG.
- Upload the required qualification(s) for verification
Log in to your EPIC account and upload the qualification(s) that require verification. As you upload them, select the GMC to receive an EPIC report.
- Verifying your qualification(s)
ECFMG will assess your qualifications and communicate directly with your awarding institution to confirm their authenticity. Once your qualification has been verified, ECFMG will confirm this with us.
- Submitting your GMC application
You will need to provide your EPIC ID when completing your GMC application.
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 ECFMG at firstname.lastname@example.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.