Taking a break or retiring from medical practice

You are entitled to remain on the medical register even if you are not currently practising medicine. However it is important to note that being on the register does not allow you to practise medicine in New Zealand. You must also hold a current practising certificate.

If you are intending to retire from medical practice, you can ask us to remove you from the register.

Maintaining your registration while you're taking a break

You are entitled to remain on the medical register even if you are not currently practising medicine. The only condition is that we need to be able to contact you when required. Therefore you must keep your contact details up-to-date at all times using myMCNZ.

It is important to note that being on the register does not allow you to practise medicine in New Zealand. You must also hold a current practising certificate.

If you're stopping practice and you have a current practising certificate, please email us at pc@mcnz.org.nz to let us know about what you're doing and when your last day will be.

Retiring from medical practice

If you are retiring from medical practice and are not intending to practise again in the future, you may find it easier to cancel your registration.

If you are removed from the register at your own request you are not automatically entitled to restoration. If you subsequently wish to re-register you will have to complete a full application for registration and be assessed against Council's current registration requirements.

To cancel your registration and have your name removed from the register, please send us a written request to pc@mcnz.org.nz. There is no charge to remove you from the register.

Working overseas

If you're working overseas, please see our page on Working away from New Zealand.