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Primary source verification

The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) introduced a new method of primary source verification using the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates’ Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (ECFMG’s EPIC) service on 1 November 2017.

What is primary source verification?

Council requires that doctors applying for registration on or after 1 November 2017 who hold overseas qualifications, must have certain documents primary source verified.

This means the institution that awarded the overseas medical qualification or document (for example a medical school or university) is contacted directly to confirm the authenticity of the document.

The ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) provide this service, using their EPIC (Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials) service.

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Who is required to have documents primary source verified?

You will be required to have your documents primary-source verified through EPIC if you are:

  • relying on international medical qualifications in your registration application. This includes doctors with primary medical degrees from Australian medical schools and with postgraduate qualifications from Australia-only vocational training providers;
  • a first-time applicant for registration, and do not already, or have not in the past, held any other form of registration;
  • currently registered with Council but are applying for a new scope of practice that relies on a qualification that has not been previously assessed by Council and is relied on to support that new registration application.

You will not need to submit the following qualifications to EPIC for verification if the criteria in the right hand column is met:

Primary medical degree
If it has been conferred by an accredited New Zealand medical school
Or
If it was verified at source by MCNZ prior to 1 November 2017
Post graduate qualification   
If it has been awarded by a New Zealand or Australasian training provider.
Or
If it was verified at source by MCNZ prior to 1 November 2017 and relied on for the scope of practice applied for prior to 1 November

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When do documents need to be verified?

At the time that you submit your registration application you must have submitted the required documents to EPIC for verification. You can submit your documents to EPIC for primary source verification well in advance of submitting your application for registration in New Zealand (your verification will not expire). A timely application to EPIC will prevent this verification process delaying the processing of your application.

By the time you attend your registration interview all of your required documents must have been primary source verified through EPIC.

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What documents are required to be submitted for primary source verification?

Provisional General (New Zealand / Australian graduate pathway) (REG2-B)

Note: Use of EPIC applies only to applicants along this pathway to registration who are relying on a primary medical degree conferred by an Australian medical school.

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.

General (New Zealand / Australian graduate pathway) (CHKL1)

Note: Use of EPIC applies only to applicants along the New Zealand / Australian graduate pathway who are relying on a primary medical degree conferred by an Australian medical school or who hold a primary medical degree conferred by a MCNZ-accredited medical school in New Zealand, but completed their internship in Australia

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • Not required for applicants who hold a primary medical degree awarded by an accredited New Zealand medical school.
    • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.
  • Certificate of Medical Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Provisional General (Competent authority pathway) (CHKL2)

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.
  • Confirmation of completion of internship / one year of general medical experience issued by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom or Medical Council of Ireland.
    • Certificate of Medical Registration with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom or Medical Council of Ireland may be used as alternative evidence of the completion of internship in the UK/Ireland.

Provisional General (Examinations pathway) (CHKL3)

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.

Provisional General (Comparable health system pathway) (CHKL4)

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.
  • Certificate or license indicating current full or General Medical Registration in the comparable health system you have worked in during the last 48 months.
    • If you are (lawfully) not required to hold registration with a regulatory authority because you are participating in a recognised American or Canadian training program, a letter from the training institution confirming satisfactory participation in the training program should be EPIC verified.
  • Evidence of completion of your specialist training, if applicable
    • This would include evidence that you have obtained a Specialist Qualification (upload as a Specialist Qualification) following a formal period of postgraduate training. Upload this document to EPIC if you are relying on it as an exception to complying with this pathway’s active clinical practice requirement (i.e., if you hold a PGQ in General Practice/Family Medicine but do not have 33/48 months of general practice experience completed immediately prior to your application for registration). Please contact MCNZ if you are unsure if this applies to you.

Provisional General (Australian General Registrant pathway) (CHKL7)

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.
  • Certificate of Medical Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
    • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
      • Not required for a doctor who holds a primary medical degree conferred by an accredited New Zealand medical school.
      • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.

Special Purpose (Visiting expert/teaching) (VEX1)

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • Not required for applicants who hold a degree conferred by an accredited New Zealand medical school.
    • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.
  • Postgraduate Qualification (PGQ)
    • The postgraduate medical qualification must have been awarded at the end of a period of specialist training. This would include evidence that you have obtained a Specialist Qualification (upload as a Specialist Qualification) or evidence of completion of a period of formal Postgraduate Training (upload as a Postgraduate Medical Education Credential) in the specialty.

Special Purpose (Teleradiology) (CHKL20)

Special Purpose (Research) (CHKL12)

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • Not required for applicants who hold a degree conferred by an accredited New Zealand medical school.
    • Alternate Graduation Document may be used as alternative evidence of the Primary Medical Degree.

Special Purpose (Locum tenens) (CHKL13)

Vocational Pathway (Australasian graduates) (VOC2)

Note: Use of EPIC applies to doctors who undertook their postgraduate training with a MCNZ-approved training provider and who do not already have general registration in New Zealand.

Provisional Vocational Pathway (International medical graduates) (VOC3)

Note: Use of EPIC applies to international medical graduates, including doctors who obtained their postgraduate qualification from an Australian (rather than a New Zealand or Australasian) training provider.

Special Purpose (Postgraduate training) (CHKL11)

  • Primary Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma)
    • You can use an alternate graduation document as evidence of the Primary Medical Degree
  • Certificate(s) of Medical Registration in applicant's home/sponsor country
  • Postgraduate Qualification (PGQ)
    • PGQs include evidence of Postgraduate Training (Postgraduate Medical Education Credential) and Specialist Qualifications.
    • upload to EPIC only if you are relying upon a PGQ in support of your application for registration (option C).

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Frequently asked questions

In order to create an EPIC account please visit the ECFMG’s EPIC website.

If you have any questions regarding EPIC and the EPIC verification process, refer to their FAQ page or contact EPIC at info@ecfmgepic.org or +1 (215) 966-3900. Telephone assistance is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States.

If you have questions regarding the MCNZ’s application processes, please contact MCNZ.

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