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MCNZ Verification

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The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) will be introducing a new method of primary source verification using the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates’ Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (ECFMG’s EPIC) service from 1 November 2017.

Applicants who submit their registration application on or after 1 November 2017 will be required to have their documents primary-source verified through EPIC if they are:

  • A first-time applicant for registration, and do not already, or have not in the past, held any other form of registration granted under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA);
  • Registered with the Council, but are applying for a new scope of practice that relies on a qualification that has not been previously assessed by the Council and is relied on to support that new registration application.

Applicants will not be required to have their qualification(s) verified by EPIC if they:

  • Hold a primary medical degree conferred by a New Zealand medical school; and
  • Hold a postgraduate qualification conferred by an institution accredited by Council as a New Zealand or Australasian training provider.

For all applications received prior to 1 November 2017, Council’s current credential verification will continue to be used. Primary-source verification by way of the EPIC service will only be acceptable as a verification of credentials for any applications submitted on or after 1 November 2017.

Submitting an application with primary source verification

At the time a registration application is submitted to Council, the applicant must have lodged their required documents with EPIC for verification. As each document is uploaded to EPIC, applicants must ensure that they select the Medical Council of New Zealand to receive a notification that the document has been submitted for verification.

Before attending a registration interview, an applicant’s documents must have been verified by EPIC. Applications for registration will be considered incomplete until EPIC verification has been received.

The documents required to be primary source verified by EPIC will depend on the pathway to which they are applying for registration.

For more information contact Kate McKendry on +64 9 281 2455 or by emailing

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