Changes to the GMC Registration application process for IMG’s
From today (11th June 2018), applicants for GMC registration with a licence to practise will now need to have their primary medical qualification independently verified before registration can be granted. This article will provide you with everything you need to know about the change.
Please note the change will apply if you:
- qualified at a medical school outside of the UK, European Economic Area or Switzerland
- are a national of a country outside the UK, EEA, or Switzerland who graduated from medical schools outside the UK
- do not already hold provisional registration
What happens if I started my application before 11th June 2018?
Applications for registration with a licence to practise which have not been submitted and paid for by midnight on 10th June 2018, will be closed on 11th June as the GMC will be updating their system.
If you start your application after 11tth June 2018, you will need to have your primary medical qualification (and post-graduate qualification, if you have one) verified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) before the GMC can grant registration with a licence to practise.
How will my primary medical qualification be verified?
The verification will be carried out by the ECFMG through their online system – which is known as the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) service. ECFMG will verify the qualification is genuine by checking this directly with the doctor’s awarding institution.
Before you start the verification process it is important to check whether your primary medical qualification is GMC recognised and/or your post-graduate qualification. If your qualifications are not recognised by the GMC they will be unable to grant your registration with a licence to practise, even if your qualifications have been verified by ECFMG.
How do I verify my qualifications?
After you can confirm that your qualifications are GMC approved, you will need to set up an online EPIC account and confirm your identity. Once your identity is confirmed you will be able to upload your qualifications for verification.
ECFMG will assess your qualifications and communicate directly with your awarding institution to confirm their authenticity. When they have verified your qualifications, you will be informed by email and then be able to update your GMC application.
Please note that the GMC recommend that you have your qualifications verified before applying for registration as it is a timely wait verifying your qualifications and the GMC can only keep applications open for ninety days.
How long will verification take?
This will depend on a number of factors which includes:
- The time it takes for your awarding institution to respond to ECFMG (most schools will respond within ninety days)
- Whether your awarding institution accepts these requests electronically, as sending requests by post or courier will take longer
How much will it cost me?
The fees are charged in USD and you will need to pay the ECFMG directly. Based on recent exchange rates, it can cost anywhere between £155-£260, depending on how many qualifications you need to submit for verification.
You should contact your bank or check currency conversion sites for the most up to date foreign exchange rates. Click here to find out more information about fees.
Please note that if you no longer want your qualification verified, you will not be entitled to a refund.
General Medical Council. 2018. Changes to the application process for international medical graduates. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/before-you-apply/changes-to-the-application-process-for-international-medical-graduates [Accessed 16 May 2018].
- If you are an IMG who wants to relocate to the UK and work for the NHS then send your CV to email@example.com – and one of our Specialist Advisers will be happy to guide and support you through your journey to the UK. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Alternatively, head over to our Facebook Group: IMG Advisor for an online support network of IMG’s who want to relocate to the UK.
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