Accreditation Standards and Procedures
The AMC is the accreditation authority for the medical profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). Accreditation standard, for a health profession, means a standard used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provide persons who complete the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to practise the profession in Australia.
The AMC develops accreditation standards for medical programs and their education providers. The Medical Board of Australia approves accreditation standards for the medical profession.
The AMC uses accreditation standards to assess medical programs for accreditation. The AMC also uses the standards in monitoring accredited programs and providers.
The AMC develops standards for all phases of medical training and education. The standards follow similar structure and formatting, but are customised to the requirements of the stage of training and education.
The AMC reviews the standards regularly. It takes account of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Procedures for Development of Accreditation Standards, and the objectives and guiding principles in the National Law. The AMC also considers other relevant Australian standards (such as those for the other regulated health professions, and the Higher Education Threshold Standards) as well as international standards for medical education and training.
When it is reviewing standards, the AMC places notices about the phase of the review and consultations underway on this page.
AMC updates accreditation procedures to align terminology across the regulated health professions
The AMC has approved minor wording changes to its procedures for accreditation of medical programs as a result of a project on consistent accreditation terminology undertaken by all the accreditation authorities for the 15 regulated health professions.
As the accreditation authority for the medical profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, the AMC is a member of the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum, a coalition of the accreditation authorities operating under the National Law.
In response to feedback from accreditation stakeholders, the Forum has been examining the terminology used by accreditation authorities to describe their accreditation decisions and major accreditation events and working towards common terminology that aligns with that used in the National Law.
The AMC has standard accreditation procedures that apply to all its accreditation processes, which include: medical school, intern training accreditation authority, specialist medical program, workplace based assessment program and pre-employment clinical interview provider accreditation. The procedures are customized to reflect the specific accreditation context. Following the Forum project, in October 2019, the AMC made a small number of minor changes to all of its accreditation procedures to bring them into line with the terminology endorsed by the Forum.
A list of agreed Forum terminology is available on the Forum website.
Revised AMC accreditation procedures are available below.
Primary medical education
Standards Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Primary Medical Programs by the Australian Medical Council 2012
Procedures Procedures for Assessment and Accreditation of Medical Schools by the Australian Medical Council 2019
Specialist medical education and training
Specialist medical programs
Standards Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Professional Development Programs by the Australian Medical Council 2015
Procedures Procedures for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Professional Development Programs 2019
Standards Accreditation standards for programs of study leading to endorsement of registration of Medical Practitioners for Acupuncture 2017
Procedures Procedures for assessment and accreditation of programs leading to endorsement of registration of Medical Practitioners for Acupuncture 2017
Prevocational standards accreditation
Intern training authorities
Domains Intern training – Domains for assessing accreditation authorities
Procedures Procedures for assessment and accreditation of intern training accreditation authorities by the Australian Medical Council
Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interviews (PESCI)
Guidelines Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) Guidelines and Criteria for AMC Accreditation of PESCI Provider
Workplace based assessment
Standards and Procedures Australian Medical Council Accreditation of Workplace Based Assessment Providers: Standards and Procedures
Recognition of medical specialties
Guidelines Guidelines for the Recognition of Medical Specialties and Fields of Specialty Practice under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law
Code of conduct for accreditation processes
The AMC code of conduct describes the AMC expectations of the people and groups who contribute to its accreditation process. The Code is a standing item for each AMC accreditation related activity. The AMC includes training about these expectations in its regular accreditation training. The Code of Conduct is available here.