AMC office closed over Easter

The AMC office will not be open for business over Easter (from Friday 18 April to Monday 21 April inclusive). Normal business operations will resume on Tuesday 22 April.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:03
 
Review of the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) Guidelines

Stakeholder consultation

The Australian Medical Council is reviewing the guidelines for Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interviews (PESCI) and is seeking stakeholder feedback on the proposed revisions.

The PESCI Guidelines were last revised in 2008. In 2014, the AMC is proposing minor changes to the Guidelines regarding wording and to enhance the requirements for annual reporting.

Information for stakeholders on the consultation is here (PDF, 554kb).

The draft revised Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview Guidelines and Criteria for approval of PESCI providers are here (Microsoft Word, 130kb).

If required for reference, the current AMC PESCI Guidelines (2008) are available here (PDF, 45kb). This version is marked-up to reflect the changes proposed with the 2014 review.

Feedback is also requested on two draft PESCI reporting templates. Information on these templates is available here (PDF 474kb). The templates are PESCI report to the Medical Board of Australia (PDF 301kb) and Outcome report to the interviewee (PDF 251kb).

This consultation will run until 28 April 2014.

Please provide your comments on the PESCI Guidelines either by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to:

AMC Accreditation Section (PESCI Guidelines)
PO Box 4810
Kingston ACT 2604
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:14
 
Important notice about primary source verification of qualifications

The AMC has an agreement with the ECFMG on the processing of all EICS verification requests submitted by the AMC. Once the qualification has been reviewed by ECFMG and the EICS verification request outsourced to the medical institution to complete, a further four reminders will be processed by ECFMG on a monthly basis if no response has been received from the medical institution. No further reminders will be processed after the fourth attempt. IMGs are encouraged to pursue the outstanding EICS verification documentation with their medical institution.

The AMC encourages IMGs to provide their courier account details to the AMC to forward to ECFMG for delivery of their EICS verification request to their medical institution by courier for tracking purposes. However, the AMC is aware that some IMGs have experienced difficulties in opening private courier accounts.

After a discussion with ECFMG, the AMC was informed of a courier service provider offering a pre-paid courier delivery service worldwide. This courier service provider is already familiar with ECFMG and its systems and processes. For more information on this pre-paid courier service provider, please click here. It is important to note that the AMC has no involvement in the courier delivery arrangements made with any courier delivery of EICS verification documentation. This process is strictly between ECFMG, the training institution, and the IMG who entered into a direct arrangement with the courier service provider.

 
Changes to the specialist pathway for international medical graduates

(Effective from 1 July 2014)

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) is making changes to the specialist pathway for international medical graduates (IMGs) recognised as specialists in their country of origin. The changes are aimed at streamlining the assessment process for IMGs. The specialist pathway includes specialist recognition (comparability assessment) and assessment for suitability for an Area of Need position.

Under the changes, instead of submitting an application form to the AMC, the IMG will apply directly to the relevant specialist medical college on a college specific application form (which will be available on each college website).

The specialist medical college dealing with the assessment will contact the IMG directly to advise the outcome of the assessment.

The AMC will continue to undertake primary source verification of an IMG’s qualifications through the ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS).  Applicants applying via the specialist pathway will be required to lodge an application for primary source verification via the AMC prior to lodging their application to the relevant college. 

The changes commence on 1 July 2014. 

Any new applications sent to the AMC after 1 July 2014 will be returned to the applicant to re-submit directly to the relevant specialist medical college using the college application form.

Further information will be available on this website in the coming months.

 
Changes to the competent authority pathway for international medical graduates

(Effective from 1 July 2014)

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) is making changes to the competent authority pathway for international medical graduates (IMGs). The changes are aimed at streamlining the assessment process for IMGs.

Under the changes, instead of submitting an application form to the AMC for an Advanced Standing Certificate, the IMG will apply directly to the Board for provisional registration. An application for an Advanced Standing Certificate will no longer be necessary.

The AMC will continue to undertake primary source verification of an IMG’s qualifications through the ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS). Applicants applying via the competent authority pathway will be required to lodge an application for primary source verification via the AMC prior to lodging their application for provisional registration with the Board.

The changes commence on 1 July 2014.

IMGs who currently hold limited registration via the competent authority pathway will not be affected by the changes.

Any new applications for an Advanced Standing Certificate sent to the AMC after 1 July 2014 will be returned to the applicant to re-submit directly to the Board using the Board’s application form.

Further information will be available on this website in the coming months.

 
Board and AMC launch new intern framework

The Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Medical Council have finalised a national framework for medical internship, being implemented in 2014.

The new framework marks a major step towards national consistency in intern training and was made possible by the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Download the full media release (PDF 210KB).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:41
 
AMC fees and charges

The AMC announces fee increases for Primary Source Verification and Examinations to come into effect from 1 July 2014. The fee increases apply to Primary source verification applications, the CAT MCQ Examination and the Clinical Examination.

Click here to view the new fees.

 
AMC CAT MCQ Examinations, Auckland: Rescheduling

From March to August 2014, the Cliftons Auckland venue (45 Queen Street) will be closed on weekends due to ongoing refurbishment work. Therefore, candidates scheduled to sit the CAT MCQ examination at that venue in those months will have to be rescheduled to the Friday immediately preceding their currently scheduled examination date. The venue will not change.

Affected candidates will be contacted by a Pearson VUE representative to arrange the alternative day. If you have any concerns or would like more information, please contact the AMC MCQ section by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling +61 2 6270 7878 (Option 3).

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:09
 
AMC 2013 in review

In 2013, the AMC continued with solid work programs in its accreditation of medical programs and assessment of international medical graduates, as well as with significant new developments in both areas. The AMC also had a significant focus on review of its operations.

Highlights of the year included:
  • being reappointed as the accreditation authority for the medical profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law
  • receiving recognition of the importance of the AMC's work in promoting high standards of medical practice and protecting patients from unsafe care from an independent international panel
  • opening Australia's first national medical test centre
  • developing a national framework for the intern year.

Download the AMC's 2013 annual activity statement (PDF 520KB).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:08
 
Primary source verification applications for registration purposes

All international medical graduates applying for Medical Board of Australia registration or imminent for registration renewal, and advised by AHPRA to apply for primary source verification of their qualification/s must take note that ECFMG requires at least 10 working days for the processing and issuing of an EICS number. This process cannot be expedited.

Please ensure primary source verification applications are submitted to allow for the assessment and EICS verification processes to be completed in a timely manner.

Download the primary source verification form. (PDF 392 KB)

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:45
 
Review of the Accreditation Standards for Specialist Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development Programs

Stakeholder consultation

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is beginning a review of the approved accreditation standards for specialist medical education and continuing professional development programs. The AMC is now seeking stakeholder comment on the scope of the review. The consultation will run until 4 October 2013.

Once feedback has been received, the AMC will establish a working party to undertake the detailed review of the standards. The AMC will consult stakeholders again when it has proposals for change to the standards.

Please provide your comments on the proposed scope of the review either by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to:

AMC Accreditation Section (Standards Review)
PO Box 4810
Kingston ACT 2604

Download the information document on the proposed scope of the AMC review of the accreditation standards (PDF 320KB).

Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 11:29
 
Update on AMC Workplace-Based Assessment – ‘Beyond the Pilot’

On 6–7 June 2013 the Australian Medical Council, with the assistance of the Department of Health and Ageing, hosted a workplace-based assessment workshop, attended by over 60 accredited providers, candidates and interested stakeholders.

This national workshop confirmed the value of the AMC workplace-based assessment program, while promoting the sharing of innovative ideas to further strengthen the WBA program.

For enquires please write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This email address is not able to answer individual candidate questions.

View the full set of WBA workshop presentations shown at the conference.

Download the full media release (PDF 485KB)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:02
 
AMC opens Australia's first national medical test centre

Australian patients are poised to reap the benefits of a new, state-of-the-art examination test centre for international medical graduates (IMGs).

The National Test Centre is the only one of its kind in Australia and one of only a handful of facilities like it worldwide. It will enable the assessment of IMGs’ clinical skills, using the latest technology and best practices, outside teaching hospitals.

Download the full media release. (PDF 424KB)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 17:42
 
AMC initiative to return candidate application documents

To assist international medical graduates (IMGs) to deal with documentary evidence obligations for multiple agencies, the AMC has streamlined its processes for handling and electronically capturing documents.

Once the AMC has assessed an application (with all required supporting documentation) as complete, it will retain an electronic copy of the documentation. It will then either return the documentation to the applicant or securely destroy it, depending on which option the applicant nominated in their application.

By improving administrative efficiency and reducing the need for IMGs to duplicate documentation for multiple agencies, this initiative addresses comments in Lost in the Labyrinth, the report by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing on its inquiry into registration processes and support for overseas-trained doctors.

All IMGs who submitted applications from 1 January 2013 will be able to choose to have their documents returned or securely destroyed.

 
2012 Annual Report

The Annual Report of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) provides detailed reports on the operations and activities of the AMC.

The full Annual Report is available for download: Annual Report 2012 (PDF).

 
National Test Centre for Australian Medical Council (AMC) examinations

The AMC has been working with the Australian Government, the Medical Board of Australia and other stakeholders to improve the availability and efficiency of the examinations for international medical graduates seeking general registration in Australia.

This initiative addresses recommendations from the House of Representatives Lost in the Labyrinth report by helping the AMC make its examinations, both MCQ and clinical, available on a more frequent basis with smaller cohorts of candidates.

Download the info pack. (PDF 152KB)

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 14:15
 
Doctor of Osteopathy primary qualification

The degree of Doctor of Osteopathy (USA) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO USA) is an acceptable primary qualification for AMC pathway applications. The Medical Board of Australia has agreed to accept the DO USA as a primary medical qualification for the purposes of medical registration provided that the DO USA was awarded by a medical school which has been accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association and listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).

A Doctor of Osteopathy will also be processed by ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS) for verification as part of the AMC's pathway assessment process. EICS verification is mandated under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law) for all IMGs seeking registration in any category in Australia.

For Specialist Pathway applicants, the Doctor of Osteopathy is only acceptable as a primary qualification if submitted with a medical specialist qualification. A specialist qualification in Osteopathy is unacceptable for AMC application and assessment purposes.

Please visit the Medical Board of Australia website for more information on the Doctor of Osteopathy qualification requirements for registration purposes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:16
 
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