The General Medical Council is the regulatory board for all doctors; without completing your registration you will not be able to legally practice in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and also Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey).
If you are a doctor trained in any European Union country, registration can be done in 5 simple steps!
1 – You will need to first apply online on the GMC website.
You can start here if you wish to read the detailed instructions for each step given by the GMC. Answer the questions by clicking on the appropriate link and this will guide you to your detailed instructions. If you are a doctor from a country inside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, with your medical degree finished as well as your internship, you can go directly to this page.
2 – Create an account, log in and pay your fees.
Once you have completed your online application you will need to pay a fee for full registration with a licence to practise. You will not be able to submit your application without paying the fee. However, you can save your application and come back to it later if you need to.
There are two possible fees. The first one is applicable if you were previously registered, had a provisional license or the doctors who have finished their degree in the last 2 years. They will need to pay 185 €. If you do not apply to any of these, the fee will be 390€.
3 – Compile all the required documents.
Once you have paid the fee you can finnish your online application. Once this is received they will send you an email asking you to send photocopies and translations of the following documents:
- Proof of Identity (passport or ID card)
- Evidence of Qualifications. This includes your European primary qualification and, if appropriate, your licence to practise. Depending on your country this documents may vary. You can access here to your country’s more detailed web page.
- Evidence of your Specialist or GP (General practitioner) training (if applicable). You will not be able to be make your application for entry onto the GP/Specialist Register before you are fully registered with the GMC.
- You will need to submit a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) from each of the medical regulatory authorities where you have been registered or licensed in the last 5 years. The regulatory board that is to issue this document is the same that has to issue the evidence of qualification. CGS are only valid for three months from the date that they are issued and must be valid on the date that the application is approved.
- Details of all of your work experience from the last five years both medical and non-medical. You must provide a reference from each employer. Each letter must be on letter-headed paper and signed and dated by a person in authority confirming the dates of your employment and that there we no matters that call into question your good standing. The signatory must state their position in the organisation. It must be issued in the last 3 months as well.
- While completing the first application some questions about yourfitness to practice will have to be answered. Depending on your answers to these questions, you may need to provide more evidence to support your application.
Please note that certifications of copies and translations can only be done by lawyers, solicitors or public notaries!
4 – Attend an identity check.
When you have submitted your details on GMC Online, your application will be assessed. Once your qualification is recognised, you will receive an email to invite you to book an identity check at the London or Manchester offices. When you attend, they will take your photograph andinspect the original documents that you provide in support of your application. You will need to attend this identity check within three months of your application being approved. If you do not, they will not be able to grant your registration with a licence to practise.
5 – Your application will then be assessed.
This process is normally done immediately, but if the Registration Directorate is busy they will get back to you in 5 working days.
That’s it! After this you will be able to work as a doctor in the UK. If you want to make sure that the registration is in effect you can look for yourself in the List of Medical Registered Practitioners.