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Good Standing Certificate - A new requirement by GMC in UK for Overseas Graduate

Author: RxPG Team, Posted on Thursday, January 06 @ 14:31:40 IST by RxPG  

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From 1 January 2005, General Medical Council, UK has made it mandatory for anyone applying for limited or full registration to submit a certificate of Good Standing from the medical council of the country of medical training and experience. This certificate is only required if you have worked outside UK in the last five years from the date of application for the registration. This article will cover all the details about this new change, the information about the Good Standing Certificate and the procedure to obtain one.

Who will be affected from this change in policy?
- Overseas graduates working in UK, NHS for less than five years.
- Post PLAB candidates who will apply for first grant of limited registration after getting the first job in UK.
- Overseas doctors in UK who are applying for renewal of limited registration.
- Overseas doctors in UK who are moving from limited to full registration in UK.

The following portion of the article is relevant only for Indian Nationals requiring good standing certificate from MCI.

How to obtain Good Standing Certificate in India?


Indian Medical Council has prescribed an application form for issuing Good Standing Certificate to the Indian Nationals requiring the said Certificate for their employers abroad. This application form can be downloaded from here

The following documents are required along with the application form.

1. Permanent Registration Certificate
An attested photocopy of Permanent Registration Certificate issued to you by a State medical Council or by the Medical Council of India.
Exceptions: The Certificates of IMR or additional qualification issued by MCI are not acceptable as Certificates of Permanent Registration by Medical Council of India.

2. Fees
A bank draft of Rs. 1000/- (Rs. one thousand only) in favour of Secretary, Medical Council of India payable at New Delhi.
Exceptions: Cheques are not accepted.

3. Referees
The name and address of the two Doctors who personally know the applicant and whom a reference can be made, if need be.

4. Testimonials
Two latest testimonials of Character & Conduct in original from persons of standing i.e. Gazetted Officers, MPs, MLAs, Magistrate Ist Class, the Principals/Professors of medical colleges or persons of similar status. It may be added here that there is no prescribed proforma/ format for the said testimonials.

Find out where you are registered. If you are registered with your state medical council, you need to contact them and forward your application to MCI through the state medical council. You are requested to fill up the application form and forward the same through the State Medical Council wherefrom the applicant is permanently registered. In case the applicant is having permanent registration with Medical Council of India, the application may be submitted directly to the office.

What is included in Good Standing Certificate?
i) only the basic medical qualification i.e. MBBS is detailed in the certificate and no other qualification i.e. PG degree/diploma etc. are included in the certificate.
ii) Only such registration details as provided in the permanent registration Certificate of the candidate are mentioned in the Certificate.
iii) The Good Standing Certificate has a validity of only six months from the date of issue.

Frequently Asked Questions about obtaining Certificate of Good Standing from MCI

How to get the certificate in UK or directly dispatched to GMC?
The Certificates are normally dispatched at the address as given by the candidate against the column “Present Address” in the application form. However, in case the Certificates are requested to be sent directly to the Registering/Licensing bodies of a country, the Council would have no difficulty in arranging to send the same with no extra cost attached.

Is my certificate renewable?
The Certificate once issued cannot be revalidated and you would rather require to apply afresh following the earlier procedure and the latest testimonials, in case you require the Certificate 2nd time.

I am a foreign national who has done my graduation from India. Am I eligible for this certificate from MCI?
Only Indian Nationals are eligible for grant of Good Standing Certificate; and the foreigners who might have graduated from Indian Medical Institutions are not eligible for the grant of Certificate.

I have a question which is not covered in this article. Where to ask for further help?
You can ask the question directly to Medical Council of India, Aiwan-E-Galib Marg, Kotla Road, Opposite to Mata Sundari College for Women, Near I.T.O., New Delhi - 110002, India, Phones +91-11-23232618, 23236081,23235178, Fax - General +91-11-23236604, Fax - Grievances Cell +91-11-23235178, Telegrams MEDCONCIND, New Delhi - 2, Email mci@del3.vsnl.net.in , Website www.mciindia.org.

If still not staisfied you can discuss your query in RxPG Community forums.

Written by RxPG Team, Copyright 2005

Note: The link to discuss this article and Certificate of good standing in RxPG Community forums is http://www.rxpgonline.com/postp109866.html . Out active community and RxPG staff will always be there to assist you.

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