Notice for applicants for registration who qualified outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland

New Primary Source Verification Requirements for Non-EU Graduate Applications

Since September 2015, the Medical Council has required all applicants for registration who qualified outside of the European Union (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to have their medical education credentials primary source verified in advance of making their application for registration. The Medical Council is collaborating with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) into the process for assessing the medical qualifications of graduates of medical schools located outside of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland. Category 4 applicants are now required to create an EPIC account and have all necessary medical education credentials primary-source verified through EPIC prior to submitting their application to the Medical Council. Specific instructions for the new process will be provided on both the Medical Council’s website and the EPIC website.

By incorporating EPIC into its qualifications assessment process for Category 4 applicants, the Medical Council is pleased to add a best practice—primary-source verification—to its tools for evaluating the qualifications of its applicants, which is intended to streamline the process for applicants and make it more efficient. The use of electronic systems is intended to allow for a quicker assessment of applications. In addition to using the portfolio for applications to the Medical Council, through EPIC, physicians can build a digital career portfolio of the primary-source verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration, which can be provided to any organisation in the world, including medical regulatory authorities and potential employers, such as hospitals and academic institutions. Prospective applicants can learn more about how to use EPIC on the EPIC website.