Get restored to the register
In some circumstances you can be restored to the medical register. Your eligibility to be restored and how to apply are explained here.
If you previously held permanent registration that was cancelled in in error, or at your request, or because you did not respond to our letters sent to your registered address; we may restore you to the register.
Under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, we may restore you to the register if you:
- satisfy the criteria for fitness for registration
- are not subject to any pending disciplinary proceedings
- are not subject to an order under s101(1)(a) of the Act
- satisfy us you are competent to practise.
- held a permanent form of registration
To assess your competency to practise, we need details of your clinical practice and professional development since you last worked in New Zealand.
Please note: we are not obliged to restore you to the medical register when your registration was cancelled due to disciplinary reasons.
The application process has four steps:
- You complete and submit your application form, along with the required documentation.
- We assess your application and determine if we need more information from you or another party, such as a branch advisory body.
- If you satisfy the registration requirements of the Act we will invite you to attend a registration interview. You need to pay your practising certificate fee at the interview – we will let you know the amount in advance.
- If your interview is successful, you will be restored to the medical register and you will be issued a new practising certificate. Your certificate may include conditions on your scope of practice.
How to apply for restoration depends on your situation – the two options are explained below.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about applying to be restored to the medical register.
Use the ‘Application for restoration to the New Zealand medical register’ form (REG6) if you were previously registered:
- within a general scope of practice
- within a vocational scope of practice on the basis of an approved Australasian post graduate qualification.
- within a provisional general scope of practice
- within a provisional vocational scope
There is no fee to pay to be restored to the register; however, you will need to pay a fee for your new practising certificate.
You will need to submit a new application for registration if you were previously registered:
- within a special purpose scope
- with temporary registration
- with probationary registration
- with specialist or vocational registration on the basis of an overseas postgraduate qualification.
If you are required to submit a new application, please use our registration self assessment tool to determine which registration pathway is appropriate for you. Please note: you need to answer NO to the first question.