The Australian Medical Council announces changes in the telephone contact hours relevant to Assessment Services. Effective Monday 10 December 2012 the assessment sections’ telephones will be open for enquiries Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Alternatively, you can direct your email enquiries to
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.
The AMC uses the services of the ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS) to verify the qualifications of all international medical graduates applying to it under any of its assessment pathways. 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.
EICS process and responsibilities
The AMC, the ECFMG and the training institutions have different responsibilities in the EICS verification process.
Download a chart that shows the respective responsibilities of the AMC, the ECFMG and the training institutions in the EICS verification process (PDF 422KB).
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 2010 to December 2011. 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.
ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS)