English language requirements
A doctor making an application, either for registration or for sitting the New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX Clinical), must first satisfy Council that their ability to communicate in and comprehend English is sufficient to protect the health and safety of the public.
Applicants must demonstrate they meet one of the eight English language requirements. Our policy sets out the specific requirements applicants must meet.
English language policy
Section 16 (b) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 requires the Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) to be satisfied that any doctor seeking registration in New Zealand is able to communicate in and comprehend English sufficiently to protect the health and safety of the public.