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Fitness for registration

To gain registration to practise medicine in New Zealand, you must meet our fitness for registration requirements.

We need to be satisfied you:

  • can communicate effectively and comprehend English
  • have not been convicted by any Court in New Zealand or overseas of an offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of three months or longer; and that the offence does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise
  • do not suffer from a physical or mental disorder which may affect your ability to practice medicine
  • are not under investigation or the subject of professional disciplinary proceedings in New Zealand or overseas, and that any matter under investigation does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise
  • are not subject to an order of a professional disciplinary tribunal, a similar body or an accredited educational institution, either in New Zealand or overseas; and that any order does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise
  • are not a danger to the health or safety of members of the public.

The fitness for registration legal requirements are set out in Section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA). We’ve also included them in our registration policy.

A note for medical students: Although we have no jurisdiction over medical students, your conduct and health prior to graduation can affect your future eligibility for registration as a medical practitioner.

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