Policy for UK and Irish graduates
This is the policy on registration within a general scope of practice for United Kingdom (UK) and Irish graduates.
- Eligibility for registration in a provisional general scope
- Eligibility for registration in a general scope
- Recertification requirements
- About competent authorities
To apply for registration within a provisional general scope, you must:
- hold a primary medical degree from a university medical school accredited by a competent authority
- have 1 year of general medical experience under the jurisdiction of that same competent authority
- satisfy our English language policy requirements
- satisfy section 13 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act.
Download English language policy (March 2014, PDF)
If you completed your first postgraduate year outside of the UK or Ireland, your application will be assessed according to our recognition of internships policy.
Download Policy on recognition of internships undertaken by New Zealand, Australian, UK and Irish medical school graduates in countries other than New Zealand, Australia, the UK or Ireland when applying for registration
Contact us to find out about the additional information you need to provide with your application if this policy applies to you.
To apply for registration within a general scope of practice, you must have completed the following while working within a provisional general scope:
- completed 6 months working within a provisional general scope in a New Zealand hospital, general practice, educational institution or other organisation approved by us and under the supervision of a doctor approved by us
- received two consecutive satisfactory supervision reports for the 6 months of medical practice completed immediately before applying for registration within a general scope of practice
- been recommended for registration within a general scope of practice by your supervisor.
Note: registration within a provisional general scope will be extended for up to two years if you receive any poor supervision reports during your first six months of registration, and until you receive two consecutive satisfactory reports.
If you fail to satisfy the conditions on your practice as required by us to ensure you are competent to practice within a general scope of practice within 2 years, our Registrar will refer your application for a practising certificate to us under section 27(1)(b) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act.
- decide to extend your registration within a provisional general scope for a further period
- propose to either place restrictions on, or decline to issue you a practising certificate under section 28 of the Act, and give you an opportunity to make written submissions and be heard by us before we make a decision whether to issue you a practising certificate.
Once you are registered to practise within a general scope of practice you are no longer required to work under supervision.
For a practising certificate to be issued you must establish a collegial relationship with another doctor and meet our requirements for continuing professional development and recertification.
We assess a competent authority by comparing our systems with those of other jurisdictions. All criteria must be satisfied for a medical registration authority to be recognised as a competent authority.
We recognise two registration authorities as competent – the General Medical Council (United Kingdom) and the Irish Medical Council.