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?
STEP 1: OBTAIN APPLICATION FORM
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
STEP 2: COMPLETE
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.
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.
The name and address of the two Doctors who personally know the applicant and
whom a reference can be made, if need be.
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.
STEP 3: FORWARD APPLICATION FORM
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
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
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
I have a question which is not covered in this article. Where to ask for
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 email@example.com
, Website www.mciindia.org.
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