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Doctors in Reduced Practice / Doctors resuming Practice

Reduced Practice

Examples of Doctors in Reduced Practice are those who have retired or are doing full-time administrative work. They can have lower minimum CME requirements on application. 

Doctors in reduced practice can only write prescriptions for:

  • himself/herself
  • spouse
  • child
  • adopted child
  • stepchild
  • grandchild
  • sibling
  • parent
  • step-parent
  • grandparent

A doctor in Reduced Practice can apply for a Practising Certificate (PC) with lower compulsory CME requirements. The doctor must submit an online application via the SMC Professional Registration System in SMC’s website to apply for Reduced Practice. Once approved, the doctor will have his/her compulsory CME requirements lowered to:

a)   10 points per year for those holding a 1-year PC; or 20 points per 2 years for those holding a 2-year PC; and
b)   There will be no core point requirements nor a cap on points earned within any CME category.

This should be followed by an application for lower-fee PC at least 1 month before the doctor’s current PC expiry date*.

Note: A doctor whose PC has lapsed or expired is not eligible to apply for Reduced Practice.

Once your PC has lapsed or expired,  you will be required to fulfil 50 CME points of which 10 core points must be in each of your  registered specialties. 

To resume practice, you may submit a new (full-fee) PC application after meeting the prevailing CME requirements. 

Resuming Practice

A doctor must inform the Singapore Medical Council of the date that he/ she wishes to resume full practice  once he/ she has fulfilled the applicable CME requirements, in the period of 24 months immediately preceding the date on which he/ she wishes to resume practice.

CME Categories

Please click here for more information on the various CME categories that doctors may claim from.