EPIC and ECFMG document verification for International Medical Graduates

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

All doctors applying to the General Medical Council (GMC) who hold a primary medical qualification awarded outside the UK need to have certain medical qualifications independently verified by ECFMG before the GMC will grant registration. This applies if you:

  • qualified at a medical school outside of the UK and
  • do not already hold provisional registration.

Before you start the verification process you should check that the GMC accepts your qualification.

Who is ECFMG and what is EPIC?

ECFMG is the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates who provide access to a service that verified the authenticity of credentials. The service is called EPIC which stands for Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials.

Find out which documents you need to get verified:

Taking the PLAB test

If you are taking the PLAB test you can apply for provisional or full registration with the GMC

The documents you will need to have verified are:

  • Primary medical qualification

Find out more information about the PLAB tests here

Holding a postgraduate

If you hold a postgraduate qualification you can apply for full registration with the GMC

The documents you will need to have verified are:

  • Primary medical qualification
  • Acceptable PGQ

An offer from an approved sponsor

If you have an offer from an approved sponsor you can apply for full registration with the GMC

The documents you will need to have verified are:

  • Primary medical qualification

Applying for full registration and entry onto the specialist or GP register with a CESR or CEGPR

If you have CESR or CEGPR you can apply for full registration with specialist/GP with the GMC

The documents you will need to have verified are:

  • Primary medical qualification

If you have any questions about any of the most popular routes for international medical graduates to live and work in the UK, please contact the team and we will be happy to help.