Primary source verification
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 provide through EICS while offering IMGs additional benefits not available through EICS. The EPIC verification outcomes will 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 organisation 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.
All qualifications previously submitted to the AMC for EICS verification and confirmed as verified, are still valid. An EICS certificate was issued to confirm the verification of the qualification. IMGs can apply for a copy of the EICS certificate by completing and submitting a Request for duplicate of EICS Certificate form.
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 are eligible to apply for assessment under this pathway.
Frequently asked questions
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. organisations 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.