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Special Instructions and FAQs for Applicants to the Singapore Medical Council

Special Instructions

ECFMG partners with the Singapore Medical Council to primary-source verify medical credentials of graduates of medical schools located outside Singapore who meet the Council’s criteria for registration. If you are applying for registration in Singapore, having your credentials verified through EPIC meets the Council’s standard of submitting a certified true copy.

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

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

    Visit the Council’s website to ensure you meet the criteria to be eligible for registration.
  • Step 2 – Submit your application to the Council.

    Subject to an offer of employment by a prospective employing health care institution in Singapore, you can submit your application to the Council. Information on medical registration with the Singapore Medical Council can be found at www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/smc.

    If you have questions regarding the Council’s criteria for registration or application processes, please visit the Council’s website at www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/smc or send an e-mail to enquiries@smc.gov.sg.
  • Step 3 – 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 4 – 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 to EPIC for primary-source verification the credentials required by the Council.
  • Step 5 – Upload each credential required by the Council and select the Singapore 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 Council below to determine which credentials you need to upload. As you upload each credential, be sure to select the Singapore 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 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 Singapore Medical Council to receive an EPIC Report for each required credential, as you upload it. If you do, the Council will be notified when the credential is sent for verification and an EPIC Report will be automatically sent to the Council when the credential is verified. If you do not select the Singapore 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 the 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 6 – Ensure that EPIC Reports on your verified credentials have been sent to the Council.

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

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

Credentials Required by the Council

The following credentials are required by the Council in support of your application for registration to practise medicine in Singapore and may be verified through EPIC:

  • Basic Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma in EPIC)
  • Final Medical School Transcript
    • Transcripts must include examination results of every year of the Basic Medical Degree
  • Documentary evidence of housemanship/internship training, with details on the period spent in each discipline
    • If your housemanship/internship was completed prior to medical school graduation, please upload as a Pregraduate Internship Credential in EPIC
    • If your housemanship/internship was completed after medical school graduation, please upload as a Postgraduate Medical Education Credential in EPIC
  • Medical Registration Certificates/Licenses to Practice Medicine
    • Registration/licensure should cover the three years preceding your application for registration to the Council
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Credentials (if applicable)
  • Specialist Qualifications (if applicable)

Any document you upload to EPIC that is not in English must be accompanied by an English translation that meets ECFMG’s translation standards. Please see English Translations in the Medical Credentials section of the Using EPIC page for detailed information on ECFMG’s translation requirements.

The following credentials are also required by the Council in support of your application for registration to practise medicine in Singapore. However, these credentials should be submitted directly to the Council, and the Council will conduct its direct source verification outside of the EPIC system.

  • Letter of Verification (LV) of your Basic Medical Degree and/or Postgraduate Medical Education Credentials
  • Certificates of good standing from any and all licensing authorities of the countries where you have been registered for the three years preceding your application for registration to the Council
  • Results of the national licensing examination (if applicable)
  • Documentary evidence of proficiency in the English language (if applicable)

If you have questions regarding the Council’s documentation requirements for registration, please visit the Council’s website at www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/smc or send an e-mail to enquiries@smc.gov.sg.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

About Applying to the Singapore Medical Council

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

Eligible applicants for registration with the Council can create an EPIC Account and have their medical credentials primary-source verified through EPIC to meet the Council’s standard of submitting a certified true copy.

Which credentials may I submit to the Council through EPIC?

The following credentials are required by the Council in support of your application for registration to practise medicine in Singapore and may be verified through EPIC:

  • Basic Medical Degree (Final Medical Diploma in EPIC)
  • Final Medical School Transcript
    • Transcripts must include examination results of every year of the Basic Medical Degree
  • Documentary evidence of housemanship/internship training, with details on the period spent in each discipline
    • If your housemanship/internship was completed prior to medical school graduation, please upload as a Pregraduate Internship Credential in EPIC
    • If your housemanship/internship was completed after medical school graduation, please upload as a Postgraduate Medical Education Credential in EPIC
  • Medical Registration Certificates/Licenses to Practice Medicine
    • Registration/licensure should cover the three years preceding your application for registration to the Council
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Credentials (if applicable)
  • Specialist Qualifications (if applicable)

Any document you upload to EPIC that is not in English must be accompanied by an English translation that meets ECFMG’s translation standards. Please see English Translations in the Medical Credentials section of the Using EPIC page for detailed information on ECFMG’s translation requirements.

The following credentials are also required by the Council in support of your application for registration to practise medicine in Singapore. However, these credentials should be submitted directly to the Council, and the Council will conduct its direct source verification outside of the EPIC system.

  • Letter of Verification (LV) of your Basic Medical Degree and/or Postgraduate Medical Education Credentials
  • Certificates of good standing from any and all licensing authorities of the countries where you have been registered for the three years preceding your application for registration to the Council
  • Results of the national licensing examination (if applicable)
  • Documentary evidence of proficiency in the English language (if applicable)

If you have questions regarding the credentials you are required to submit, please contact the Council at enquiries@smc.gov.sg.

How far in advance of applying for registration to the 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 applied for registration with the 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 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 Council have access to my EPIC Portfolio?

No. The 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 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 Singapore 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 Council has accessed your reports through the Report Portal, contact the Council at enquiries@smc.gov.sg.

Can I select the 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 Council for that credential. You should request a report for the Council for each credential required by the Council.

Do I need to use EPIC when applying to the Council if my credentials have already been verified by ECFMG for a purpose other than applying to the 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 the 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 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 for registration with the Council—such as necessary documentation, required credentials, or registration categories— please visit the Council’s website at www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/smc or send an e-mail to enquiries@smc.gov.sg.

Last updated August 27, 2019