What happens during the verification process?

How long will verification take?

This depends on a number of factors, including:

  • the time it takes for your awarding institution to respond to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG ). Most schools respond within 90 days
  • whether your awarding institution accepts these requests electronically (sending requests by post or courier take longer).

We recommend that you start the verification process as early as possible and have your qualifications verified before applying, because of these factors. We only keep applications open for 90 days.

How can I track progress of my verification?

ECFMG will email you when they send your qualification for verification and again when it has been verified. If you want to monitor the status of your verification, you do it via your Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) account. If you have any queries about your verification, you should log into your EPIC account. We won’t be able to give you updates on this.

For further information, please see the EPIC website and the special instructions for GMC applications.

If you have any questions about the EPIC verification process, please contact EPIC at info@ecfmgepic.org. Or you can ring +1 (215) 966-3900, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST (US Eastern Standard Time).

What happens when my qualification is verified?

ECFMG will contact you once they've verified your qualifications.

Once you've confirmed that they can share this information with us (you can do this when you create your EPIC account or once they’ve completed the verification), they'll automatically send us the report.

What happens if my qualification cannot be verified?

It is rare that ECFMG can't verify a qualification, but sometimes it can take a while for awarding institutions to respond. We recommend you start the verification process well in advance of applying, as we only keep applications open for 90 days.

If ECFMG can't verify your qualifications within the required timeframe, we’ll need to understand the reasons why before advising you on the next steps.