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Special Instructions and FAQs for Applicants to the Cyprus Medical Council

Special Instructions

ECFMG partners with the Cyprus Medical Council to primary-source verify medical credentials of internationally educated physicians who are applying for registration to practice medicine in Cyprus. Beginning 1 June 2021, if you are a graduate of a medical school located outside the European Union (EU), you must have certain required medical credentials verified through EPIC.

To have your credentials verified through EPIC in support of an application to the Cyprus Medical Council, complete the following steps:

  • Step 1 – Confirm your eligibility with the Cyprus Medical Council.

    To be eligible for registration with the Cyprus Medical Council, applicants with primary qualifications or medical diplomas obtained outside the EU must obtain a Certificate of Equivalence and Correspondence issued by KYSATS or its equivalent (i.e., DOATAP, Greece). For more information about eligibility to register in Cyprus, please visit the Cyprus Medical Council website.

    If you have questions regarding the Cyprus Medical Council’s registration or application processes, please contact the Council at MedicalCouncil@moh.gov.cy.
  • Step 2 – Establish an EPIC Account.

    See Getting Started for complete instructions. Once ECFMG has processed your request and established your EPIC Account, ECFMG will e-mail you login information so you can access your EPIC Account.
  • Step 3 – Confirm your identity with EPIC.

    See Confirming Your Identity with EPIC for detailed information. Confirming your identity with EPIC requires you to submit an EPIC Identification Form (EIF). Once this form has been accepted by ECFMG, you will be able to upload credentials required by the Cyprus Medical Council to EPIC for primary-source verification.
  • Step 4 – Upload each credential required by the Cyprus Medical Council and select the Cyprus Medical Council to receive an EPIC Report once the credential is verified.

    Log in to your EPIC Account and upload the required credentials for primary-source verification. See Credentials Required by the Cyprus Medical Council below to determine which credentials you need to upload. As you upload each credential, be sure to select the Cyprus Medical Council to receive an EPIC Report once the credential is verified. Because the Council has requested to be notified when their applicants' credentials have been sent for verification through EPIC, a notification will be provided to the Cyprus Medical Council when your credential is sent for verification. This notification will include a copy of the credential that you have submitted for verification. For more information on notifications, see the About EPIC Notifications section of the FAQs for Physicians page.

    Note: It is very important that you select the Cyprus Medical Council to receive an EPIC Report for each required credential, as you upload it. When you do, the Cyprus Medical Council will be notified when your credential is sent for verification and an EPIC Report on that credential will be automatically sent to the Council when the credential is verified. If you do not select the Cyprus Medical Council 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 Council once your credential is verified.

    Note: If your credentials have already been primary-source verified by ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or through ECFMG’s International Credentials Services (EICS), you do not need to upload the credentials that were previously verified by ECFMG. These credentials will be added to your EPIC Portfolio 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.
  • Step 5 – Submit your application to the Cyprus Medical Council.

    Once EPIC Reports on all of your required credentials have been sent to the Cyprus Medical Council, you can submit your application to the Council.

    If you have questions regarding the Cyprus Medical Council’s application processes, please contact the Council by sending an e-mail to MedicalCouncil@moh.gov.cy.
  • Step 6 – Ensure reports on all required, verified credentials have been sent to the Cyprus Medical Council.

    If you selected the Cyprus Medical Council to receive an EPIC Report when a credential was uploaded, that report will be sent to the Council automatically when the credential is verified.

    If you did not select the Cyprus Medical Council 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 Council. Be sure to select the Cyprus Medical Council from the drop-down list when sending your report.

Credentials Required by the Cyprus Medical Council

Credentials required by the Cyprus Medical Council are:

  • Final Medical Diploma
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Credential (as applicable)
  • Specialist Qualification (as applicable)
  • Certificate or Letter of Good Standing (CGS): A CGS can be sent via EPIC by following the directions below or it can be sent directly to the Council.

Instructions for Submitting a CGS

A Certificate or Letter of Good Standing (CGS) confirms that you hold a current, valid license/registration to practice medicine that is in good standing from your country of graduation or practice location.

To demonstrate that you are currently licensed/registered to practice medicine and are in good standing:

      1. Request the appropriate medical regulatory authority to send a CGS confirming your current, valid medical licensure/registration and good standing to ECFMG by e-mail to info@ecfmgepic.org or by mail to:

      ECFMG
      Attn: EPIC CGS
      3624 Market Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA
      2. Complete the Notification of Certificate/Letter of Good Standing Request and upload it to your EPIC Portfolio as a Medical Registration/License to Practice Medicine, selecting the Cyprus Medical Council to receive an EPIC Report once verified.

Once we receive confirmation of your good standing, we will use this confirmation to complete your verification request and report on your good standing to the Cyprus Medical Council.

Please note: Confirmation of good standing must be sent to ECFMG directly by the appropriate authority and demonstrate that you are currently licensed and in good standing. It must have been issued within three months of the date you apply to the Cyprus Medical Council.

If the medical regulatory authority will not send confirmation of good standing directly to ECFMG, or if there is no medical regulatory authority in your country, please contact us at info@ecfmgepic.org for assistance. Please include “Cyprus Medical Council CGS” and your EPIC ID in the e-mail’s subject line.


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.

For more information on applying to the Cyprus Medical Council for registration to practice medicine in Cyprus, please visit the Cyprus Medical Council website or contact the Council at MedicalCouncil@moh.gov.cy.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

About Applying to the Cyprus Medical Council

I am applying to the Cyprus Medical Council for registration; do I need to use EPIC?

Beginning 1 June 2021, medical graduates applying for registration to the Cyprus Medical Council who obtained their basic medical qualification outside the European Union (EU) will need to create an EPIC Account and have their credentials primary-source verified through EPIC.

Which credentials do I need to submit to the Cyprus Medical Council through EPIC?

The following credentials are required by the Cyprus Medical Council in support of your application for registration to practice medicine in Cyprus:

  • Final Medical Diploma
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Credential (as applicable)
  • Specialist Qualification (as applicable)
  • Certificate or Letter of Good Standing (CGS): A CGS can be sent via EPIC by following the Instructions for Submitting a CGS above or it can be sent directly to the Council.

If you have questions regarding the credentials you are required to submit, please contact the Cyprus Medical Council at MedicalCouncil@moh.gov.cy.

How far in advance of applying for registration to the Cyprus Medical Council do I need to upload my credentials 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 Cyprus Medical Council. 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 after I apply to the Cyprus Medical Council?

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 the Cyprus Medical Council have access to my EPIC Portfolio?

No. the Cyprus Medical Council will not have direct access to your EPIC Portfolio. The Council will have access only to the credentials, notifications, and verification reports that you make available to them through EPIC.

I requested that EPIC Reports on my verified credentials be provided to the Cyprus Medical Council. How do I know if the Council received the verification reports and copies of my credentials?

Once your credentials have been verified and EPIC Reports have been sent to the Cyprus Medical Council, the Council will have access to the reports and copies of your credentials through the EPIC Report Portal. If you need to confirm whether the Cyprus Medical Council has accessed your reports through the Report Portal, contact the Council at MedicalCouncil@moh.gov.cy.

Can I select the Cyprus Medical Council to receive EPIC Reports only once, or should I do it for every credential individually?

An EPIC Report will only be sent for a credential if you indicate a report should be sent to the Cyprus Medical Council for that credential. You should request a report for the Cyprus Medical Council for each credential required by the Council.

Do I need to use EPIC when applying to the Cyprus Medical Council if my credentials have already been verified by ECFMG for a purpose other than applying to the Cyprus Medical Council?

If your credentials have already been primary-source verified by ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or through ECFMG’s International Credentials Services (EICS), you will need to create an EPIC Account and use EPIC to provide your credentials and verification reports to Cyprus Medical Council. 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.

If I have questions or problems regarding EPIC, should I contact EPIC or the Cyprus Medical Council?

If you have questions regarding EPIC’s services—such as creating an EPIC Account, uploading your credentials, 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 Cyprus Medical Council—such as necessary documentation, required credentials, or registration categories—please contact the Council at MedicalCouncil@moh.gov.cy.

Last updated May 25, 2021