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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.

Criteria for restoration

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.

Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

Fitness for registration

Fitness to practise

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Restoration process

The application process has four steps:

  1. You complete and submit your application form, along with the required documentation.
  2. We assess your application and determine if we need more information from you or another party, such as a branch advisory body.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Apply for a practising certificate

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How to apply

How to apply for restoration depends on your situation – the two options are explained below.

Please email us at registration@mcnz.org.nz if you have any questions about applying to be restored to the medical register.

Option one

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

Download Application for restoration to the New Zealand medical register form (REG6)

Download Recertification programme for doctors registered in a general scope (CPD8)

 

Option two

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.

Registration self assessment tool

Registration pathways 

Forms and fees

Approved post graduate qualifications

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