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Registration Requirements for the Registration of TCM Physicians

Academic Qualification

Applicant must possess any one of the following qualifications (as gazetted):

1. A diploma of the 6-year part-time or 3-year full-time diploma course in TCM conducted by one of the following local TCM institutions:
  (i) Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  (ii) Institute of Chinese Medical Studies; or
2. A TCM graduation certificate of the 7-year part-time or 5-year full-time undergraduate course conducted by one of the following local TCM institutions:
  (i) Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  (ii) Institute of Chinese Medical Studies; or
3. A 5-year full-time bachelor degree in TCM from one of the following TCM institutions from the People's Republic of China:
  (i)  Beijing University of Chinese Medicine;
  (ii) Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  (iii) China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  (iv) Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine;
  (v)  Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine;
  (vi) Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine;
  (vii) Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  (viii) Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Other Requirements

Besides academic qualification, applicants with foreign TCM qualifications must also fulfil any of the following requirements on practice experience:

(A)  Singaporeans with Recognised Foreign TCM qualifications

  1. Singaporeans with no valid foreign registration certificate and practising certificate:

    Complete at least 1 year of clinical attachment, including at least 403 hours of structured TCM Clinical Training at an approved local TCM educational institution* before taking the Singapore TCM Physicians Registration Examination (STRE).
  2. Singaporeans with valid foreign registration certificate and practising certificate:

    (a)  Hold valid registration certificate and practising certificate from the country of practice and current certificate of good standing (within 3 months from date of issue);
    (b)  Complete at least 1 year of TCM clinical attachment under conditional registration at an approved local TCM institution** before taking the STRE for full registration.

(B)  Foreigners and Permanent Residents with Recognised TCM qualifications

  1. Hold valid registration certificate and practising certificate from the country of practice and current certificate of good standing (within 3 months from date of issue);
  2. Show proof of potential employment as a TCM physician to practise TCM full-time in Singapore;
  3. Have at least 8 years of TCM clinical experience at approved TCM establishments in the country of practice and hold the appointment of "Deputy Chief Physician" (副主任医师);
  4. Complete at least 3 years of TCM practice in Singapore under conditional registration at an approved local TCM establishment before taking the STRE for conversion to full registration.

(C)  Foreigners with Outstanding Skills and Expertise

  1. Have outstanding TCM skills and expertise acceptable to the TCM Practitioners Board;
  2. Hold valid registration certificate and practising certificate from country of practice and current certificate of good standing (within 3 months from date of issue);
  3. Show proof of potential employment as TCM physician to practise TCM full-time in Singapore;
  4. Have at least 15 years of TCM clinical experience at recognised TCM institution(s) in the country of practice, with at least 5 years as "Chief Physician" (主任医师); or specific considerations by the Board on a case by case basis based on the particular outstanding skills and expertise.

Notes

*Approved local TCM educational institution refers to the following:

  1. Singapore College of TCM; and
  2. Institute of Chinese Medical Studies
  3. Nanyang Technological University

 

**Approved local TCM institution refers to:

A local TCM clinic with at least 3 TCM physicians on full registration and one of whom shall be the TCM physician-in-charge responsible for the supervision of TCM physicians on conditional registration as follows:

  1. The TCM physician-in-charge must have qualifications approved by the Board and has at least 15 years of local TCM practice experience; and
  2. The TCM physician-in-charge shall supervise only one TCM physician on conditional registration under category 2(A)(ii) at any one time.

 

Singapore TCM-physicians Registration Examination (STRE)

All applicants meeting the above requirements are required to take and pass the STRE conducted by the TCM Practitioners Board before they can be considered for full registration. STRE is conducted once a year.

 

Application

All applications for registration must be submitted online.

Please refer to Instructions to New Applicants and PRS User Manual for details on online application procedures.

For enquiries, please contact the following:

Address:
TCM Practitioners Board 81 Kim Keat Road #09-00 Singapore 328836
Tel:
6355-2487/6344-2488
Fax: 6355-2489
Opening hours: Mondays - Fridays, 8:30am to 5:30pm
E-mail: enquiries@tcmpb.gov.sg
Website www.tcmpb.gov.sg
Last Updated :  09 Jul 2013 17:04