Medical School Accreditation
In the interests of transparency, reports of every accreditation undertaken by Council under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 are being published, starting with reports relating to Council’s undergraduate activities. The content of the reports reflect the strenuous efforts of the Council and the bodies involved to ensure high quality undergraduate medical education and training. Details about the rules, criteria, standards and guidelines (PDF, 305KB) the Council uses for undergraduate medical education and training are also available.
The Medical Council’s accreditation process complies with the World Federation for Medical Education’s guidelines on best practice for accreditation. In addition, the process has been evaluated and approved by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (part of the Department of Education in the USA). Accreditation of Irish–based and overseas bodies and programmes is an ongoing cycle; approval by the Medical Council is for a specified period of time, following which a further evaluation is held and a decision is reached by Council. During the period of their approval, bodies and programmes are monitored by the Medical Council.