Sunsetting of outstanding EICS verification requests
The Australian Medical Council (AMC) and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) are reaching out to relevant international medical graduates (IMGs) to advise that, effective 1 July 2017, the AMC will no longer accept verification of medical credentials (qualifications) through ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS) in support of an application to the AMC.
Primary source verification
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ECFMG and EPIC
The primary source verification of medical qualifications is mandated under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law) for all IMGs seeking registration in any category in Australia.
The International Credentials Services of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) serves international organisations and authorities involved in medical registration, licensing and assessment by obtaining primary source verification of the medical education and registration credentials of medical graduates who completed their medical education outside their jurisdictions.
From 1 October 2015, the AMC will be using ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) service for the verification of medical credentials. The AMC is pleased to make this transition to using EPIC for the primary source verification of IMG medical credentials. EPIC will provide AMC with the same rigorous primary source verification that ECFMG provides through EICS while offering IMGs additional benefits not available through EICS. The EPIC verification outcomes will up be uploaded to the AMC’s qualifications portal. This portal is used by the Medical Board of Australia for registration purposes, and by Australian specialist medical colleges for assessment purposes.
EPIC is an innovative, on-line service that physicians can use throughout their careers. Through EPIC, physicians can build a digital career portfolio of the primary source verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure. They can then use EPIC to request that reports verifying the authenticity of their medical credentials be sent to any organization in the world, including medical regulatory authorities and potential employers, such as hospitals and academic institutions.
For more information about the EPIC application process, refer to the ECFMG website.
How to apply
Refer to Establish an AMC portfolio
IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognised by the AMC is eligible to apply for assessment under this pathway.
Courier delivery services
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.
The ECFMG has provided details 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.
EPIC is a service of ECFMG, which is located in the United States. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury may restrict interactions between U.S. organizations and individuals/entities in certain countries/regions. The ECFMG will update the AMC with information on countries affected by these sanctions.
ECFMG will be unable to process requests for verification of medical credentials issued by institutions in the embargoed country. IMGs affected by the sanctions have to apply directly to the AMC and will be required to upload the qualification documentation with the identification documentation as well. The AMC is working with the Medical Board of Australia to determine how to appropriately assist AMC candidates affected by these sanctions.
Updated information on countries affected by the US Embargo will be provided on the AMC website when required. Also please monitor the ECFMG website for updates. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Overseas institutions with 60% and more outstanding EICS verifications
The ECFMG outsources all EICS verification requests to the authorised person appointed by the relevant training institution. That authorised person is the only person allowed to complete the forms sent by the ECFMG. Therefore, if an institution fails to notify the ECFMG when it appoints a different authorised person or changes any of its details, delays can occur.
Processing delays also occur when an overseas training institution is slow to respond or does not respond to verification requests. The AMC has compiled a list of overseas institutions that have not responded to requests or that have been particularly slow to respond. The institutions listed did not respond to more than 60% of all EICS requests sent to them from the AMC from January 2013 to December 2014. The AMC will update this list as it receives data from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) on the EICS request response rates of overseas institutions.
Regardless of whether your overseas medical training institution is listed (PDF 101KB), we recommend that you contact the authorised person/s at the institution to confirm that they will complete the EICS verification request and return it to the ECFMG for processing. The ECFMG will advise the AMC of the outcome and the AMC will notify you of it by email.