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Special Instructions for Physicians Applying to Practice in Australia

Special Instructions

ECFMG partners with the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to primary-source verify the medical credentials of internationally educated physicians applying for registration to practice medicine in Australia. If you are a graduate of a medical institution located outside of Australia, and you wish to apply for registration with the Medical Board of Australia or for specialist assessment by an Australian specialist medical college, you will need to have all required medical credentials verified through EPIC as part of your application.

To have your credentials verified through EPIC in support of an application for registration or for specialist assessment by an Australian specialist medical college, you must complete the following steps:

  • Step 1 – Use AMC’s Self-check of Eligible Schools to determine if the medical institution that issued your primary qualification (final medical diploma) is recognized by the AMC.
  • Step 2 – Establish an EPIC Account.

    Your EPIC Account login will be provided by e-mail.
  • Step 3 – Confirm your identity with EPIC.

    You are required to submit an EPIC Identification Form (EIF). Once accepted by ECFMG, you can upload credentials (qualifications) required by the AMC for verification.
  • Step 4 – Upload the required credentials (qualifications) and nominate the AMC to receive an EPIC Report for each credential (qualification).

    If you are applying for the Standard Pathway (AMC examinations) or Competent Authority Pathway the credential to submit for verification is:
    • Final medical diploma (or primary qualification, e.g. MBBS, etc.)

    If you are applying for specialist assessment purposes, the credentials to submit for verification are:
    • Final medical diploma (or primary qualification, e.g. MBBS, etc.)
    • Postgraduate and Specialist qualification(s). Please enquire with the respective Australian specialist medical college to find out which qualification(s) require verification.

    IMPORTANT: If you are submitting a Final Medical School Transcript or Alternate Graduation Document as your primary qualification, AHPRA may also require you to submit verification of your Final Medical Diploma when you apply for registration. If you are required to submit verification of your Final Medical Diploma, you will incur additional costs from both the AMC and ECFMG.

    Please note: It is very important that you nominate the AMC to receive an EPIC Report for each required credential, as you upload it. If you do, the AMC will be notified when the credential is sent for verification and an EPIC Report will be automatically sent to the AMC when the credential is verified. If you do not nominate the AMC to receive an EPIC Report on a credential at the time you upload it, you will be required to send an EPIC Report to the AMC once the credential is verified.
  • Step 5 – Make note of your EPIC ID (or EPIC number).

    Your EPIC ID will be included in the e-mails providing you with login details for your EPIC Account. Your EPIC ID is also located on the right-hand side in your EPIC Account just underneath the main menu bar and in the “Biographics” sub-tab under the “My Profile” tab of your EPIC Account.

    Note: By providing your EPIC ID to the AMC, you authorize the AMC and ECFMG to exchange your personal information in order to confirm your identity and verify the authenticity of your submitted qualifications. Please see the ECFMG Privacy Policy for additional information.
  • Step 6 – Establish your AMC portfolio.

    Once AMC receives notification that your credentials have been sent for verification through EPIC, the AMC qualifications portal will be updated to be accessed by AHPRA for registration purposes and the respective Australian specialist medical college(s) for assessment purposes.
  • Step 7 – Ensure EPIC Reports on your verified credentials (qualifications) have been sent to the AMC.

    If you nominated the AMC to receive an EPIC Report when a credential was uploaded, that report will be sent to the AMC automatically once the credential is verified.

    If you did not nominate the AMC to receive an EPIC Report at the time you uploaded the credential, you must go to the “My Reports” tab in your EPIC Account and request an EPIC Report for the AMC. Be sure to select Australian Medical Council from the drop-down list when sending your report or your request will be rejected.

Questions? Don’t Hesitate to Contact Us!

If you have any questions regarding EPIC and the EPIC verification process, please contact EPIC at info@ecfmgepic.org or +1 (215) 966-3900. Telephone assistance is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time in the United States).

If you have questions regarding the AMC’s application process, please contact the AMC.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please also read the general Frequently Asked Questions in the For Physicians section of the website.

About Applying to the Australian Medical Council (AMC)

I am applying to the Medical Board of Australia for registration; do I need to use EPIC?

International medical graduates applying for registration to the Medical Board of Australia need to create an EPIC Account and have their credentials (qualifications) primary-source verified through EPIC.

I am applying to an Australian specialist college for assessment; do I need to use EPIC?

International medical graduates applying to an Australian specialist medical college for assessment need to create an EPIC Account and have their credentials (qualifications) primary-source verified through EPIC.

I’ve already submitted an application to the AMC and all of my credentials (qualifications) required by the AMC have been verified through EICS; do I need to use EPIC?

No. Credentials primary-source verified through EICS for the AMC by June 30, 2017, do not need to be resubmitted through EPIC. Those credentials have already been sent directly to the AMC and your AMC records have been updated accordingly. However, if you have additional credentials that you would like to provide to the AMC, you will need to use EPIC to submit those credentials.

Please note that if you do create an EPIC Account, any credentials that have already been verified through EICS will be added to your EPIC Portfolio at no cost, along with any credentials that you may have had verified by ECFMG for ECFMG Certification. Simply provide your EICS ID and/or ECFMG/USMLE ID when you establish your EPIC Account. ECFMG will review your file typically within 10 business days; if your file is acceptable, ECFMG will add your previously verified credentials to your EPIC Portfolio.

Which credentials (qualifications) do I need to submit to the AMC through EPIC?

For the Standard Pathway (AMC examinations) and Competent Authority Pathway, submit your final medical diploma (or primary qualification, e.g. MBBS, etc.) for verification.

For specialist assessment purposes, your final medical diploma and postgraduate qualification(s) must be submitted. Enquire with the respective Australian specialist medical college to find out which postgraduate qualification(s) require verification.

How far in advance of applying for registration to the AMC do I need to upload my credentials (qualifications) to EPIC?

We recommend that you create an EPIC Account and upload your credentials to EPIC as soon as possible after you have decided to apply to the AMC. Through EPIC, your credentials are verified directly with the issuing institution. The time required to complete the verification of credentials varies and depends on a number of factors, including the time it takes for the issuing institution to respond to our verification requests.

About Using EPIC

Will I have access to my medical credentials (qualifications) after I apply to the AMC?

Yes. The credentials that you upload to EPIC remain available to you as part of your EPIC Portfolio. You can use EPIC to send copies of these credentials along with reports verifying their authenticity to organizations worldwide at any time throughout your career.

Will credentials (qualifications) that I upload to EPIC after I complete my application to the AMC be sent to the AMC?

Credentials that you upload to EPIC are not automatically sent to the AMC, whether you upload them before completing your application to the AMC or after. In order to send a credential to the AMC, you must request an EPIC Report for that credential be sent to the AMC. You can either request an EPIC Report for the AMC as you upload the credential or through the “My Reports” tab of EPIC once your credential has been verified.

How do I know if the AMC received the verification report and copy of my credential?

Once a report is sent to the AMC, the AMC will be able to access it through the secure EPIC Report Portal and update your AMC records accordingly. If you need to confirm whether the AMC has accessed your reports through the Report Portal, please contact the AMC. Allow 3-5 business days for the AMC to update its qualifications portal.

Can I select (nominate) the AMC to receive EPIC Reports only once, or should I do it for every credential individually?

For each credential that you upload, you will need to nominate the AMC to receive an EPIC Report. You can request each report at the time that you upload each credential. If you did not nominate the AMC to receive an EPIC Report at the time you uploaded a credential, you must go to the “My Reports” tab in your EPIC Account and request an EPIC Report for the AMC.

Do I need to use EPIC when applying to the AMC if my credentials (qualifications) have already been verified by ECFMG for a purpose other than applying to the AMC?

If your credentials have already been primary-source verified by ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or through ECFMG’s International Credentials Services (EICS) for a medical regulatory authority other than the AMC, you will need to create an EPIC Account and use EPIC to provide your credentials and verification reports to the AMC. However, you will not need to upload the credentials that were previously verified by ECFMG; they will be added to your EPIC Account at no cost. Simply provide your ECFMG/USMLE ID and/or EICS ID when you establish your EPIC Account. ECFMG will review your file typically within 10 business days; if your file is acceptable, ECFMG will add your previously verified credentials to your EPIC Portfolio. You can then log into EPIC and request that EPIC Reports for those credentials be provided to the AMC.

If I have questions or problems regarding EPIC, should I contact EPIC or the AMC?

If you have questions regarding EPIC’s services—such as creating an EPIC Account, uploading your credentials (qualifications), managing your portfolio, the verification process, sending verification reports, or fees—please contact EPIC at info@ecfmgepic.org or +1 (215) 966-3900. Telephone assistance is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States.

If you have questions regarding applying to the AMC—such as necessary documentation, required qualifications, or assessment pathways—please contact the AMC.

Last updated October 26, 2018