Before you start the process, we always recommend that It is worth having a read of the GMC website page on required documents. Of course, if you have any questions have a chat with your IMG Consultant haveto clear up any uncertainties.
Why do I need GMC Registration?
The GMC's main responsibility is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public and one way in which it does this is by carefully controlling entry to the register. Any doctor that wants to work in the UK must be fully registered with a licence to practice with the GMC, whether working as a locum or permanent member of staff.
How much will it cost me?
Generally, GMC Registration will cost £390 but this may change depending on your circumstance.
Once you are registered, you must pay an annual retention fee of £390 (which can be paid quarterly, monthly or in one lump sum). A full list of GMC Fees can be found here.
What are the requirements for GMC Registration?
These will depend on a number of factors which can be broken down into the following:
Where you gained your primary medical qualification
Whether or not you have completed a postgraduate training or internship
What is the process?
The registration process can be broken down into these six steps:
Check your primary medical qualification is GMC recognised
Evidence of English language capabilities
Registration and licensing history
Certificates of good standing
Knowledge and skills tests
Recognised GMC qualifications:
If your primary medical qualification (PMQ) is from outside the UK or EEA, you need to make sure it is eligible for GMC registration. Check here to see if your PMQ is recognised or have a read through our blog on accetable overseas qualifications.
You will be required to have your PMQ independently verified before your license to practice is granted.
This is carried out by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) through their online EPIC system. For more information on verifying your PMQ and the EPIC system take a look at our blog here.
English language capabilities:
If English is not your native language, then you will need to pass an English Language Test (ELT), you can take either one of the following: