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Foreign Trained Doctors - Non-Citizen

Application Process for Foreign-Trained Doctors (Non-Singapore Citizens)

  1. Applications can only be submitted by Prospective Employers in Singapore.
  2. The SAB Secretariat will communicate to the applicant via their prospective employers.

  3. The SAB Secretariat will only process applications submitted with the complete set of supporting documents in the checklist Annex C2.

  4. All applications are valid for one year only (from the date of online submission). Failure to complete the application process within valid date will result in the application being withdrawn. Applicants would then have to submit a fresh application to the SAB.

  5. Follow these steps to begin the application process:


Step 1 : Download checklist Annex C2 [PDF, 49KB]

Step 2 : Complete Online Application Form

[Online applications will be unavailable from 23 December 2013 to 10 January 2014]

Important Note on Specialist Registration with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC)

Please note that a concurrent application for specialist registration must be made with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) for the Specialists Accreditation Board (SAB) to start processing your application for specialist accreditation unless your training was sponsored under the auspices of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government of another country.

For first time applicants, the doctor must apply for conditional medical registration with SMC before he applies for specialist accreditation and specialist registration.

Please send an email to for any queries. Applicants may also contact SMC at +65 6372 3093 if there is no reply to your email within 3 working days or if the matter concerned is urgent and immediate.

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Supporting Documents

  1. All documents should be certified as true copies with the original stamp/signature of the authorised person certifying it.

  2. Please send in the documents arranged in the following order.

    1. Checklist - Annex C2
      (SAB/SMC are in the process of refining this to be a combined checklist for application for specialist accreditation/registration)

    2. Certificate of completion of specialist training programme or proof of entry into a specialist register from the relevant accrediting/licensing authority in the country. 

      See below for examples:
      1. Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training Programme e.g. CCST (UK)
      2. Board Certification with member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (US)

    3. Postgraduate Medical Qualification

    4. Basic Medical Qualification

    5. Service Testimonials from previous and current employing institutions (if any)

    6. Updated curricula-vitae with details including:

      1. Summary of clinical training received and competencies attained - provide period of training and summary from training logbooks where available;
      2. Summary of clinical, academic and research work experience in the specialty;
      3. Evidence of currency of practice, continuing professional development or maintenance of certification in the specialty
      4. Other relevant information e.g. specialty-specific publications, etc

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Application Outcomes

  1. If you have submitted an application with all required supporting documents, your application will be processed and you will be officially informed of the outcome in writing.

  2. Click here to check your application status.

  3. Upon obtaining the SAB Specialist Accreditation certificate, you must register your name in the Register of Specialists with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) before you are allowed to practise as a specialist in your field of specialty.

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