Your EPIC verification is needed as part of your GMC registration which you will need in order to work in the UK within the NHS. Verification is carried out by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) through their online system; known as the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) service. They are a not-for-profit organisation based in the United States, with more than 30 years’ experience in primary source verification. ECFMG will verify that the qualification is genuine by checking this directly with your awarding institution. This article will provide you with everything you need to know about this process:
It is important that the GMC provide the public with the confidence that doctors have the medical knowledge, qualifications and experience to provide exceptional medical care. Verifying medical qualifications directly with the awarding institutions provides an extra level of confidence. This level of assurance is becoming increasingly important as more and more doctors’ cross borders to practise medicine.
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.
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.
This will depend on a number of factors which includes:
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. 2021. 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
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