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Who we are

The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Health.

Functions of the Singapore Medical Council


Section 5 of the Medical Registration Act 1997 states that the functions of the SMC are to:

  • Keep and maintain registers of registered medical practitioners;
  • Approve or reject applications for medical registration under the MRA or to approve any such application subject to such restrictions as it may think fit;
  • Issue practising certificates to registered medical practitioners;
  • Make recommendations to the appropriate authorities on the courses of instructions and examinations leading to the Singapore degree;
  • Make recommendations to the appropriate authorities for the training and education of registered medical practitioners;
  • Determine and regulate the conduct and ethics of registered medical practitioners; and
  • Generally do all such acts and matters and things as are necessary to be carried out under the MRA.

What is “Secretariat of healthcare Professional Boards”?

With effect from 1 Jan 2020, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) is supported by the Secretariat of healthcare Professional Boards (SPB) for its secretariat and operational functions. The registration and regulation of medical practitioners (doctors) continue to be governed by SMC, which retains autonomy and independence over professional and statutory matters, as provided for under the Medical Registration Act 1997.