What is the role of the EICS in my application for medical registration?
The EICS is an international authority on medical qualifications that
conducts the primary source verification of medical credentials
required by the Medical Board of Australia and by similar regulatory
bodies in other countries. This process ensures that the formal
qualifications submitted in support of an application for registration
and genuine and were issued to the applicant by the awarding
What if my medical credentials have been previously submitted to the ECFMG?
If your medical credentials have been submitted previously to the
ECFMG for the purposes of taking the USMLE/ECFMG exams or receiving a
Standard ECFMG Certificate, you must still submit copies to the AMC. The
AMC will request EICS verification from the ECFMG.
- If your credentials have been verified previously by ECFMG and
are consistent with copies submitted with your EICS application, EICS
will accept the ECFMG verifications in lieu of sending new verification
requests to your institutions.
- If your credentials have been submitted previously to ECFMG but
not verified, EICS will send new copies of your credentials for
Please remember to include your EICS/USMLE number in your AMC application form.
What medical credentials does the EICS verify?
EICS seeks primary source verification of primary and specialist qualifications. You may wish to contact the Medical Board of Australia if you are unsure which credential requires EICS verification for your registration requirements.
Do I have to submit original or certified documents with my application?
Yes. You must submit original documents or certified copies of your
original documents. Certified copies must be complete and legible.
Oversized documents should be copied to maximum A3-size. Documents
should be one full copy and not taped/stapled/glued together.
Do I need to submit translations for documents in a language other than English?
Yes. You must submit English translations, prepared and signed by an
authorised translation service, of credentials in a language other than
English. The translator's details and signature must be on the
How long does the EICS verification process take?
The time it takes to complete the EICS verification process depends
on the internal processing times of the institutions that issued your
credentials. You are advised to contact your institutions and request
that they promptly complete and return verifications to the ECFMG. You
should read the section on processing delays, which contains information on training institutions that have a record of slow or non-existent responses to requests.
What if my institution has a fee for verification of my credentials?
You are responsible for payment of verification fees imposed by your
institution. The AMC will notify you if payment of a fee is required by
your institution for completion of EICS verification forms and inform
you of the payment details.
Can I take the EICS verification forms to my institutions?
No. To maintain the integrity of the verification process, EICS
verification forms are sent directly to and received directly from the
issuing institutions. Verification forms cannot be provided to
physicians, family members, or friends for the purpose of delivery to
or retrieval from issuing institutions.
Can I speed up the verification of my credentials?
EICS verification requests are sent via airmail and include pre-paid
international business reply envelopes. To arrange for the ECFMG to
send your credential verification requests to their issuing institutions
via courier service, you will need to provide the AMC with a courier
service account number. The ECFMG will not accept credit card
information for payment of courier shipment fees. The ECFMG will email
the courier service tracking numbers to the AMC once verifications have
been sent. Please confirm with your courier service that destination
institutions are within their service areas. EICS will only courier
your credential verification requests one-way. You must contact your
institutions to arrange for courier service shipment back to the ECFMG.
Will I receive a copy of my EICS verification certificate?
The AMC will issue and mail your EICS verification certificate to the
address recorded on the AMC candidate tracking system at the time of
the verification. You must ensure that the AMC has your most recent
How long do EICS verifications remain valid?
There is no expiration date for EICS verifications.