INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

 

This page is to assist international(foreign) healthcare graduates who are considering applying for registration in South Africa.

 

 

 

Who can apply for registration?


Foreign qualified health practitioners with qualifications that enable them to practice medicine or dentistry abroad/in their country of origin may apply for registration with the HPCSA in the category: Public Service, provided the applicant complies with the minimum requirements. In special circumstances, based solely on the discretion of the Board, applicants with identified qualifications, which were evaluated by the Board, may be exempted from writing the Board Examination.

 

Applicants are further required to secure written support in terms of employability from the National Department of Health, Pretoria.

 

A person who secures relevant registration shall be restricted in terms of the conditions of his or her practice to the Public Service, whilst the duration of registration and scope of his or her practice shall be as specified by the Board. Registration is conditional in that the applicant should submit the required information, meet the minimum requirements for registration as specified by the Board and successfully complete the Board Examination for foreign qualified practitioners(where applicable).

 

The National Department of Health does not encourage the recruitment of individual foreign health professionals who are citizens of developing countries.



What steps should I follow?


Step 1:

Apply to the Board for registration by submitting the relevant documentation, including an initial letter of endorsement towards employability issued by the Department of Health. STAGE 1 APPLICATION

 

1. Any foreign qualified applicant must hold a qualification entitling such applicant to practise Medicine or Dentistry in another country.

 

2. The education and training the applicant has received must meet the requirements of the Board for the education and training required from candidates qualifying in South Africa. The Board will establish whether an applicant meets the prescribed minimum core curriculum for medicine/dentistry in South Africa.

 

3.  Please note that separate applications should be prepared and submitted to –

 

  • the Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • the Department of Health in South Africa – See Form 176 DOH
  • the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates:  International Credentials Services (ECFMG), Philadelphia, United States of America – See Form 176 ECFMG.

4. The following documents must be submitted to the Board at the address provided below:

 

  • Copy of degree certificate or other basic qualification in medicine/dentistry and a sworn translation in English (Copies will only be accepted if certified by an attorney in his/her capacity as a notary public and bearing the official stamp.  Copies certified only by a Commissioner of Oaths will not be accepted. Only original translations of the required documents done by a sworn translator and duly sealed and notarised will be accepted. In addition to such English translations, legible copies of the original documents, certified and duly sealed by a Notary Public should be submitted. Alternatively original documents together with copies could be submitted for verification by the relevant Council staff. In view of possible damage or loss of such documents it is not advisable to send such documents by mail.
  • Documentary proof of internship training or equivalent training/experience, issued by the relevant institution(s). See attached document.
  • Verification of credentials by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates:  International Credentials Services (to be obtained by the applicant at own cost) (see separate application form – applicable to medicine only). The Committee recently agreed that all new applicants will be required to submit their Verification of credentials issued by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates in order to be considered / allowed to sit the board examination. Applicants who fail to meet this requirement the committee will not consider their application to sit the board examination.
  • Dental Practitioners are currently required to have all the academic qualifications evaluated in order to determine their status in relation to recognised qualifications.  A request for an evaluation should be submitted to the South African Qualifications Authority at the following address:

SAQA (Evaluation of Qualifications)

Postnet Suite 248

Private Bag X 06

Waterkloof

0145

Republic of South Africa

Tel:  (012) 431 5000

saqainfo@saqa.co.za

 

Such a request must be sent directly to the South African Qualifications Authority and be accompanied by:

 

(a) certified copies of all degree/diploma certificates or similar academic qualifications;

 

(b) official transcripts of records in respect of each qualification referred to in (a) above;

 

(c) the prescribed evaluation fee payable to the South African Qualifications Authority.

 

  • A recent original Certificate of Status (Certificate of Good Standing), indicating that the applicant is in good standing, issued by the foreign registration authority where the applicant is currently registered issued within the preceding three months.
  • A copy of a valid Passport or Identity Document as proof of current citizenship, duly certified by a notary public as indicated above.
  • A letter of endorsement in support of the application for registration issued by the Department of Health. Applications should be directed to The Program Manager, Department of Health Room 1123, Fedlife Building, National Department of Health, Private Bag X828, Pretoria, 0001, RSA. Applicants who fail to secure the support of the Department of Health towards an application for registration or employment will not be eligible for registration.
  • Specialists applying for registration are required to submit specific documents as outlined under items 5 and 6 on page 4 and 5 of the attached guidelines.

 In addition to the above minimum requirements, applicants may further be required to submit the following documentation (in English) to the Board:

  • An original academic record or transcript of record issued by the university or educational institution reflecting course content in respect of each year of study (copies of original documents will only be accepted if duly certified by an attorney in his/her capacity as a NOTARY PUBLIC and bearing the official stamp).
  • A detailed curriculum of the applicant’s course of study, specifying courses, content of education (theory) and training (practical/clinical), duration and mode of examination/evaluation.
  • Documentary proof of postgraduate/work experience in medicine or dentistry issued by the relevant employers. In the case of supporting evidence regarding experience and appointments held, such documents must specify the exact nature and extent of work performed and the periods during which the appointments were held.

Step 2:

If applicable, apply to sit for the Board’s examination, pay the examination fee of
R 3300-00 and obtain information on the date and venue of the examination. Proof of payment should be submitted or faxed to (+27)12 328 4862. STAGE 2 EXAMINATION

 

Upon receipt of written confirmation by the Examinations Committee of the Medical and Dental Professions Board that the applicant is eligible to sit for the Board Examination, he/she must submit the following to the Board:

 

  • Form 79A, duly completed.
  • A copy of the letter issued by the Subcommittee for Examinations (Medical) of the Board confirming that the applicant is eligible to sit the examination.
  • The examination fee of R3300.00.

 

The examination of the Board consists of the following:

 

i. A written examination which shall provide for –

 

  a. a medico-legal, ethical and language assessment; and

 

  b. an assessment of knowledge of basic and clinical sciences and public health applicable to clinical practice.

 

ii An oral and clinical examination which may include an Objective Structured Professional Examination (OSPE).  An applicant will only be permitted to proceed to the oral and clinical examination if he/she was successful in the written examination.

 

The closing dates for applications will be 14 December, 11 April and 10 August annually for the Board examinations in medicine/dentistry held in March, June and October respectively.

 

 

Step 3:

Sit for the examination and allow two weeks for the results to be made available.

 

Step 4:

If successful and upon receipt of written confirmation of your success from the Board, obtain a letter of endorsement towards allocation and employment from the National Department of Health.

 

Step 5:

Pay the prescribed fee for the issuance of the relevant registration certificate.

 

STAGE 5 REGISTRATION

 

The Board will issue a Certificate of Competence to applicants who have been successful in the examinations. Such applicants will qualify for registration in the category Public Service (General Practitioner) by submitting a copy of the letter issued by the Board, a formal offer of employment issued by the Department of Health, the prescribed registration fee (e.g. R 995-00 for medical practitioners and R 150-00 for interns) as well as the documentation listed in the letter.

 

Applicants are further required to pay a pro-rata annual fee in addition to the registration fee.

 

No registration certificate will be issued without all requested documentation being submitted.

 

A practitioner who obtained his/her basic qualification outside South Africa will initially have to apply for registration in the category Public Service (General Practitioner). After registration in the category Public Service (General Practitioner) for a minimum period of five years such practitioner may apply to the Board to sit the final university examination in order to comply with the requirements for registration in the category Independent Practice.

 

 

How to Register in the Category Public Service (General Practitioner)

 

How to Register in the Category Independent Practice (General Practitioner)

 

How to Register in the Category Education

 

How to Register in the Category Postgraduate Study/Exchange Registras

 

How to Register as a Medical Practitioner/Dentist in the Category Public Service (Specialist)

 

How to Register as a Medical Practitioner/Dentist in the Category Independent Practice (Specialist)

 

How to Register as a Medical Practitioner/Dentist in the Category Military Service

 

How to Register as a Medical Practitioner/Dentist in the Category Volunteer Services


 

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