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CME Requirements for Doctors with Lapsed PCs (For Fully Registered Doctors)

Lapse of less than 1 year

If doctors did not renew their PCs when they expired, and subsequently apply for a new PC within a year of its expiry, the validity period of the new PC will be less than 12 months (for 1-year PC) or less than 24 months (for 2-year PC), to coincide with the original expiry date of the PC, had it not lapsed. This would mean a 'shorter' PC validity period and there will be no proration of fees.

For example:

  • Doctor’s PC (‘Old PC’) expired on 31 Dec 2010
  • Doctor successfully applied for new PC (‘New PC’) which is effective from 1 June 2011
  • New PC will be valid from 1 June 2011 to 31 Dec 2011 (for 1-year PC), or from 1 June 2011 to 31 Dec 2012 (for 2-year PC). Expiry date of New PC will coincide with the original expiry date, had it not lapsed
  • Doctor will still pay the full prevailing prescribed fees for 1-year or 2-year PC


Lapse of more than 1 year

For doctors who have allowed their PCs to lapse for more than a year, they must show documentary evidence of having obtained at least 25 CME points (of which 5 must be core in their registered specialties or in Family Medicine) within the preceding 12 months prior to application of a new PC. Doctors can submit credit claims for attendance at relevant overseas conferences, provided the programme details and certificates are available.

Doctors whose PCs have lapsed will need to submit the following documents to SMC to apply for a new PC:

a)    A Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) issued by the Medical Council of the country in which they have been practising, prior to their application for a new PC. The original CGS must not exceed 3 months from its date of issue and must be sent to the SMC directly by the overseas council/licensing authority;

b)    Completed and signed application form (which can be downloaded from www.smc.gov.sg);

c)    Prevailing prescribed fee for a new PC.

Last Updated :  29 Jun 2012 13:05