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Registration policy

Our policies set out the rules and criteria upon which we make decisions, such as the requirements you need to meet to gain medical registration.

Together with the other requirements provided throughout this website, these policies are essentially an operational translation of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 – which sets out our legislative responsibilities.

We recommend you read the policies below together with the other information our website offers, on the topics you are interested in learning about.

Registration in New Zealand policy

This policy gives an overview of registration in New Zealand. Read more about Registration in New Zealand policy

General scope policy

We will initially grant you registration within a provisional general scope of practice – if you have the qualifications we require and we believe you are fit for registration and competent to practise. Read more about General scope policy

Vocational scope policy

Registration in a vocational scope recognises you as a specialist in New Zealand. If you have the postgraduate qualifications we require and we believe you are fit for registration and competent to practise, you may be eligible for vocational registration. Read more about Vocational scope policy

Special purpose scope policy

If you would like to work in New Zealand for a short term, you may be eligible to register in a special purpose scope if you have the qualifications we require and we believe you are fit for registration and competent to practise. Read more about Special purpose scope policy

Reference requirements

As part of your application for registration in New Zealand, you will be required to provide at least three references. Read more about Reference requirements

Proposing to decline an application

The Council has several pathways to registration, with most decision-making within our registration policies delegated to our Registrar. Read more about Proposing to decline an application

Practising certificate policy

No doctor may practise medicine unless he or she is registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) within a scope of practice and holds a current PC (s 8 of the HPCAA). Read more about Practising certificate policy

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