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Allows a doctor to practise independently in Singapore.

Eligibility requirements:

Full registration may be granted to a doctor who:

  • holds an MBBS/MD degree awarded by a medical school in the First Schedule of the Medical Registration Act and a certificate of experience as proof of satisfactory completion of PGY1 or housemanship; or
  • holds such qualifications as may be recognised by the Medical Council and a certificate of experience as proof of satisfactory completion of PGY1 or housemanship or the internship year(s) overseas and satisfies the Medical Council that he has special knowledge and skills and sufficient experience in any particular branch of medicine; or
  • has been Conditionally-registered, has completed the minimum period of full-time practice or equivalent under conditional registration;

    AND
  • has obtained consistently satisfactory assessment reports on his performance during the period of provisional or conditional registration; and
  • has been on Level 2 supervision for at least 6 months; and
  • has taken the SMC Physician’s Pledge1.


The applicant is advised to refer to SMC’s website for other prevailing criteria for full registration.

SMC will only accept applications for full registration no earlier than 6 weeks before the doctor's eligibility to apply for full registration, based on the minimum period of practice under conditional registration.

1In view of a fixed number of places available each time, attendance at the Pledge ceremony is strictly by invitation only.  Proof of attendance is compulsory for doctors who wish to be fully registered. However, an invitation to attend the Pledge ceremony and proof of attending the Pledge ceremony does not equate to certainty of approval for full registration which also depends on other criteria e.g. consistently satisfactory performance, professional conduct and fitness to practise.

Applications for Full registration must be submitted with the following documents or information online:

(i) Your updated curriculum vitae;
(ii) Supporting testimonials from the current Head of Department and Chairman Medical Board or Medical Director;
(iii) Payment of the prescribed application fee;
(iv) Recent assessment reports from supervisors and multi-rater reports from peers and colleagues as required. (SMC will also request for the most recent reports from the employing institution upon receipt of the application.).

Request for No-Pay Leave:

While the SMC does not impose any restriction of No-Pay Leave on fully registered doctors, they must be mindful of the requirements for Continuing Medical Education and participating in the SMC's elections which affect the renewal of the practising certificate.

It is therefore important for the doctor to update the SMC of his address and practice status e.g. if they are overseas for a period of time or training overseas.

Last Updated :  18 Dec 2017 10:03