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Primary-source verification

21 April 2017

In August 2016, Council decided to require that applicants for registration who hold overseas qualifications, must have their qualifications primary-source verified.

In August 2016, Council decided to require that applicants for registration who hold overseas qualifications, must have their qualifications primary-source verified.

This means the institution that awarded the overseas medical qualification (for example a medical school or university) has to confirm to Council that they did award the submitted qualification to the doctor who is applying for registration.

Council agreed to require the primary-source verification (PSV) of

  • final medical degrees/diplomas (or alternate degree documents)
  • postgraduate medical qualifications (if applicable)
  • certificates of medical registration to practise medicine (if applicable).

Council also agreed to have the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) provide this service, using their EPIC (Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials) service.

Primary-source verification will be required of:

  • all doctors relying on international medical qualifications in their registration applications. This includes doctors with primary medical degrees from Australian medical schools and with postgraduate qualifications from Australia-only vocational training providers
  • first-time applicants only, unless a doctor who is already registered in New Zealand applies for a new scope of practice that relies on a qualification that Council hasn’t previously assessed (for example a new, overseas postgraduate qualification)
  • applicants for registration in a provisional general, general, provisional vocational, vocational and special purpose scope of practice. The only exception to this is for those doctors applying for a Special Purpose: Emergency or a Special Purpose: Pandemic / Disaster scope of practice.

At the moment we are writing the policies and creating the electronic resources to incorporate primary-source verification into our registration processes. We expect that this new requirement will be implemented in the second half of 2017.

We will ensure that applicants for registration are given between 3 and 6 months’ notice before this requirement takes effect.

If you have any questions or would like more information about primary-source verification, please email Valencia van Dyk (GM: Core Services) at vvandyk@mcnz.org.nz.

More information about EPIC and primary source verification can be found here.

 

21 April 2017 

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