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(A)  Procedure for Medical Registration


Applications for medical registration must be submitted online. Medical practitioners seeking medical registration with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) are encouraged to read through the eligibility requirements of the respective medical registration that you are applying for. For new applicants, please apply here. For doctors who are/were registered with SMC before, please log-in here.

To be eligible for medical registration, the applicant must:

  1. possess a basic medical degree to comply with the requirements of the Medical Registration Act (Cap 174); and
  2. be bona fide; and
  3. have a job offer or an offer of training position in a healthcare institution approved by SMC; and
  4. be in good standing, i.e. does not have  complaints or disciplinary actions taken against him or investigations pending against him: and
  5. pass the national licensing examination as required in the country where the basic medical degree was conferred (where applicable)

The Medical Council will also consider other factors such as:

  1. Whether the doctor has been in active clinical practice prior to application;
  2. The duration of inactive clinical practice;
  3. Past working experiences overseas and locally.


However, satisfaction of the criteria for medical registration per se does not equate to approval. Each application for medical registration will be considered based on its own merits.

(B)  Documentation Required from Applicant

To ascertain that the doctor's status is bona fide, with no disciplinary actions or investigations pending against him, the following documents are to be uploaded online in support of your medical registration application.

Provisional Registration

  • Letter of offer of employment from the prospective employing institution
  • ^Certified true copy of NRIC or Passport.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph (taken within the last 3 months in colour and against a white background).
  • #Certified true copy of undergraduate medical qualifications (For certificates or qualifications in a language other than English, a certified true copy of the English translation must be provided).
  • @Transcripts of examination results of every year of the applicant's undergraduate medical studies.
  • Certificates of registration with other medical licensing authorities, if applicable.
  • Results of the national licensing examination (if applicable)
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language, where applicable.


Conditional Registration

  • Letter of offer of employment from the prospective employing institution.
  • ^Certified true copy of NRIC or Passport.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph (taken within the last 3 months in colour and against a white background).
  • #Certified true copy of undergraduate and/or postgraduate medical qualifications (For certificates or qualifications in a language other than English, a certified true copy of the English translation must be provided).
  • @Transcripts of examination results of every year of the applicant's undergraduate medical studies.
  • Documentary evidence of housemanship/internship training with details on the period spent in each discipline.
  • Certificates of service or service testimonials for work experience for the preceding 3 years, from the supervising Medical Doctors or Institutions concerned, indicating grade of employment, nature of work, period of employment, and assessment of work performance, etc.
  • Certificates of registration with other medical licensing authorities.
  • Results of the national licensing examination (if applicable)
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language, where applicable.
  • Letter of offer of employment from the prospective employing institution.


Note:
Conditionally registered doctors who were previously registered with SMC and applying for re-registration must fulfil the prevailing Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements before applying for a new practising certificate (PC). Doctors are advised to fulfil such requirements early as the average processing time for CME applications is between 3 to 4 weeks. You may wish to refer to the information on the point requirements for doctors.

Temporary Registration (for Service and Training purposes only)

  • Letter of offer of employment from the prospective employing or training institution.
  • ^Certified true copy of NRIC or Passport.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph (taken within the last 3 months in colour and against a white background).
  • #Certified true copy of undergraduate and/or postgraduate medical qualifications (For certificates or qualifications in a language other than English, a certified true copy of the English translation must be provided).
  • Transcripts of examination results of every year of the applicant's undergraduate medical studies.
  • Documentary evidence of housemanship/ internship training with details on the period spent in each discipline.
  • Certificates of service or service testimonials for work experience for the preceding 3 years prior, from the supervising Medical Doctors or Institutions concerned, indicating grade of employment, nature of work, period of employment, and assessment of work performance, etc.
  • Certificates of registration with other medical licensing authorities.
  • Results of the national licensing examination (if applicable)
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language, where applicable (not required for Temporary registration as Clinical Observers).


Temporary Registration (for Research purposes only)

  • Letter of offer of employment from the prospective employing institution.
  • ^Certified true copy of NRIC or Passport.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph (taken within the last 3 months in colour and against a white background).
  • #Certified true copy of undergraduate and/or postgraduate medical qualifications (For certificates or qualifications in a language other than English,a certified true copy of the English translation must be provided).
  • Transcripts of examination results of every year of the applicant's undergraduate medical studies.
  • Documentary evidence of housemanship/ internship training with details on the period spent in each discipline.
  • Certificates of service or service testimonials for work experience for the preceding 3 years prior, from the supervising Medical Doctors or Institutions concerned, indicating grade of employment, nature of work, period of employment, and assessment of work performance, etc.
  • Certificates of registration with other medical licensing authorities.
  • Results of the national licensing examination (if applicable)


Temporary Registration (for Visiting Experts only)

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae of the Visiting Expert (to exclude all publishes titles and papers) to clearly include the following information:

    a. Basic medical qualification (include date of graduation / conferment and title of qualification conferred)
    b. Internship/residency information
    c. Details of overseas medical registration that the Visiting Expert is registered with (include state and country of authority)
    d. Details of clinical academic and research work experience for the 3 years preceding the application. 
              
  • Letter of Confirmation of the applicant's expertise and endorsement either by the Head of Department and Chairman, Medical Board of the sponsoring institution OR the relevant academic professional body* (e.g. The Academy Medicine of Singapore [AMS]). The letter should also state the purpose of the application and period of registration required for the Visiting Expert
  • ^Certified true copy of NRIC or Passport.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph (taken within the last 3 months in colour and against a white background).
  • A copy of the Declaration form (If the application is not submitted by the doctor himself/herself)
  • #Certified true copy of undergraduate and/or postgraduate medical qualifications (For certificates or qualifications in a language other than English, a certified true copy of the English translation must be provided).
  • #Certified true copy of the specialist certificate issued by foreign jurisdiction

*For expert verification by AMS, please submit a cheque of SGD$214 addressed to the “Academy of Medicine, Singapore” and send it directly to the following address:

Attn: Professional Affairs
Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Level 12, NKF Centre
81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836

At the back of the cheque, to indicate the following:

  • Fee for Verification of Visiting Expert (Name of Visiting Expert)
  • Hosting Institution / Company Name


AMS request the following documents to be sent to SMC via email in order to proceed with the verification for VEs:

  1. Letter from the hosting institute stating the purpose of the application and period of registration required.
  2. Verification of expertise from CMB/AMS.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copy of marriage certificate/affidavit/statutory declaration (required if VE’s name differs in documents)


Certified true copy of

  1. Passport
  2. Basic medical qualification
  3. Postgraduate medical qualification
  4. Specialist certifications
  5. Original Good Standing Certificate


Additional notes:

a)         For any name variations in the documents submitted, an affidavit/ statutory declaration or deed poll made in the presence of either a lawyer, solicitor or a Notary Public to confirm the name variations/differences refer to the same person is required.

b)         Authenticated English translations must accompany the documents that are in a foreign language

c)         SMC may require the applicant to submit other relevant documents for non-straightforward applications e.g. explanation for lapses of employment.

d)         Applicant should provide explanation if there are gaps between period(s) of practice.

Explanatory notes:
^NRIC or Passport must be certified true copy by a notary public or HR of prospective employing institution.
#Undergraduate and postgraduate medical scrolls must be certified either by a notary public, authorised personnel of conferring institution or HR of employing institution.
@Transcripts of examination results of every year of the applicant's undergraduate medical studies are not required for doctors with basic medical qualifications recognized by SMC in the Second Schedule only (Note: However, transcripts may still be required upon request for verification purposes).

(C)  Documentation Required from Local Employing/Training Healthcare Institution

  1. Annex A (applicable only for Temporary Registration as Clinical Fellows / Observers) - which must be signed by the applicant, the appointed clinical supervisor and the Head of Department of the training institution.
  2. Annex B - signed by the CEO, or Chairman of the Medical Board, or Medical Director or equivalent, to indicate that the institution or practice is aware of, and conforms to, SMC's Supervisory Framework for this applicant (applicable only for institutions employing Conditional/Temporary registered doctors for the first time);
  3. Annex C – Letter of Undertaking for Prospective Supervisor, signed by the appointed supervisor to indicate that he will comply with SMC's Supervisory Framework for the applicant.
  4. Applicable only for Temporary registration (for research)
    -   Written confirmation from the Primary Principal Investigator (PPI)* that states the duration of the research projector(s)
        which the T-registrant will be involved in.
    -   A copy of the research project details, categorised into the following:

    a. time line and work plan description for the research/project;
    b. Purpose of the research;
    c. Research protocol;
    d. Duration of the research;
    e. Scope of the doctor's work in the research project;
    f. Details of clinical components with frequency, location(s) and procedures. (e.g. whether the doctor is required to perform
       clinical work on healthy subjects or 'selected' subjects only);
    g. Clear indication of what the doctor is expected/required to do, including writing of cases notes and prescriptions etc.; and
    h. Method of supervisory and assessments for the CRF;
    i. List of locations where the clinical research work will be carried out**.

    * The Research Fellow/Research Scientist must work under the supervision of a PPI.
    ** The doctor can only be involved in research projects within the institution.


(D)  Documentation Required from Issuing Authorities/ Conferring Institutions

Letter of Verification

The SMC requires the applicant or employing institution to arrange for the following letters to be sent to the Council directly from source:
  • Letter of verification (LV) for applicant's basic medical qualifications;
  • Letter of verification for applicant's postgraduate medical qualifications.


Submission of LVs through the applicants and Human Resource (HR) is not acceptable.

The LV may be submitted to SMC through the following modes:

        1) By email: The LV must be sent from the conferring institution's official email domain to SMC
            at verifications@smc.gov.sg (preferred mode) OR

        2) By mail to SMC

Queries on LV may be sent to verifications@smc.gov.sg

LVs must be on the letterhead of issuing authorities/conferring institutions & contain the following information:

  • Name of graduate;
  • Date of entry into programme;
  • Date of graduation/conferment;
  • Title of qualification conferred;
  • Campus (if there is more than one campus by the University)
  • Specify if the teaching medium is in English (for basic medical qualifications only)


The LV must be addressed to the specific officer or the Secretariat of SMC before it can be accepted by SMC.

Applications with no original LVs received by SMC at the point of application submission, will be deemed as incomplete and the application will not be processed

Please note that SMC shall not be responsible for any payments incurred by the applicant and / or interested parties arising from the request of the letters of verification.

Dean’s Testimonial (applicable only for provisional registrants)
SMC requires the applicant or employing institution to arrange for an original Dean’s testimonial to be sent to the Council directly from source. Submission of the Dean’s testimonial through the applicants and Human Resource (HR) is not acceptable.

(E)  Certificate of Good Standing

SMC requires the applicant to arrange for a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) from the medical councils/ licensing authority where the applicant has been practising for the preceding 3 years prior to the application, to be sent directly from the issuing authorities to SMC.

CGS received must not exceed 3 months from its issue date when the doctor comes for his/ her registration after the application for medical registration is approved.

Please note that SMC shall not be responsible for any payments incurred by the applicant and/ or interested parties arising from the request of the CGS.

The Certificate issued by the authorised licensing body where the applicant is registered should contain the following information:

  • Date of issue of the CGS; and
  • Full name of the registered medical practitioner, including any aliases, if any; and
  • Registration number or any identification number issued by the Licensing Body; and
  • Registration type (e.g. full registration, general registration, etc.); and
  • Date the applicant is registered as a medical practitioner of that country; and
  • That no proceedings have been taken or are pending against the said registered medical practitioner; and 
  • Any other relevant information about the fitness to practice of the said registered medical practitioner; and
  • Name, designation and signature of person authorised by the Licensing Body for the issuance of the CGS.
     

Additional notes:
SMC will not register doctors if the following letters/ certificates are not available to SMC by the time the doctor comes for his/ her registration in person:

  • The original letters of verification (LV) for all medical qualifications; and
  • The original CGS from the licensing authority where the applicant has been practising for the preceding 3 years prior to his application.
  • Dean's testimonial (only applicable for provisional registration)
 

(F)  Evidence of English Proficiency

International medical graduates are required to show evidence of proficiency in the English Language if their basic medical degree is obtained from a medical school where the medium of instruction is not English.

Test results obtained from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Occupational English Test (OET), within the minimum score accepted by SMC can be considered, subject to a 2-year validity period based on the date of the test.

  • IELTS   - at least 7 for ALL components (Listening, Reading, Writing AND Speaking) in academic module.
  • TOEFL  - at least 250 marks for computer based test or 600 marks for paper-based test or 100 marks for internet-based test (iBT)
  • OET     - at least Grade B


Doctors who apply for temporary registration (as Clinical Observers) for training attachment do not need to submit English test results. However, the doctor will NOT be allowed to:

  • be involved in primary management of patients; nor
  • prescribe treatment.


Clinical Observers are only allowed to assist in procedures under direct supervision and will be subject to Level 1 supervision by their supervisor at all times.

Clinical Observers who wish to convert from temporary registration (training) to temporary registration for service provision are required to meet SMC’s existing criteria as service provider.  This will include test results of doctor’s proficiency in English Language from one of the above-mentioned test centres.

(G)   Processing Time

Provided all documentations required by SMC are submitted with the prescribed fee, the average time required for processing a straightforward application for medical registration is about 3 - 4 weeks.

Longer processing time is expected if there is a need for verification of qualifications or registration with overseas institutions or regulatory bodies, or when SMC is experiencing peak periods for applications.

The clock for processing will only start if the application and all documents submitted are considered in order by SMC. Incomplete applications will not be clocked and will be returned to the HR Directors of the institutions unprocessed.

(H)  Outcome of Application

Applicants will be informed on the outcome of the doctor’s application for medical registration. The doctor will then be required to appear in person at the Medical Council's office to complete the registration process (for approved cases only).

He / she must bring the originals of all documents submitted with his / her application earlier and the necessary identification papers e.g. Identity Card or Passport, Employment Pass or Training Pass as well as the required fees to pay for his / her practising certificate.

Last Updated :  28 Apr 2016 14:58