Unlocking the doors to UK medical practice: A comprehensive guide to GMC registration for IMGs


The General Medical Council (GMC) is the
regulatory body responsible for the registration and oversight of doctors
practicing in the United Kingdom. In order to practice medicine in the UK,
international medical graduates (IMGs) must obtain registration with the GMC.
This process can be complex and time-consuming, but with proper planning and
preparation, it is possible to successfully navigate the registration process
and begin practicing medicine in the UK.

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

 The first step in the
registration process is to determine your eligibility. The GMC has established
certain eligibility criteria that must be met, including:

  • Having
    a valid primary medical qualification that is recognized by the GMC.
  • Passing
    the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test or the
    Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP) exam.
  • Having
    the necessary English language proficiency to practice medicine in the UK.

Step 2: Create an Account and Start Application Once you
have determined that you are eligible, you can begin the application process.
You will need to create an account on the GMC website and start the application
process by completing an online form. This form will require you to provide personal
information such as your name, address, and contact details.

Step 3: Gather and Submit Required Documents

 As part of the
application process, you will need to provide various documents. These include:

  • Proof
    of your primary medical qualification
  • Your
    PLAB and MRCP exam results
  • A copy
    of your passport or national ID card
  • A
    recent passport-sized photograph
  • Evidence
    of your English language proficiency
  • Evidence
    of your professional indemnity arrangements

Step 4: ID Verification

 After submitting your application,
you will need to complete the ID verification process. This will involve
submitting a copy of your passport or national ID card, as well as a recent
passport-sized photograph.

The verification is done physically at Manchester or London, with prior appointment and has to be done in 6 months period.

Step 5: Final Assessment 

Once your application and all
required documentation has been received and reviewed, you will be scheduled
for a final assessment. This assessment will be conducted by the GMC and will
be designed to evaluate your knowledge, skills, and abilities. If you pass this
assessment, you will be granted registration with the GMC and will be able to
practice medicine in the UK.

Step 6: Continuing Professional Development

 As a registered
doctor, you will be required to maintain your registration by participating in
continuing professional development (CPD) activities and meeting other GMC
requirements. This can include attending conferences, workshops, and other
educational events, as well as completing online courses and self-assessments.

It is important to note that the GMC registration process
can take several months and it is advisable to start the process well in
advance of the intended date of registration. Additionally, it is important to
be familiar with all the requirements and the process as it may vary depending
on the country of primary medical qualification. The GMC website is a good
source of information and guidance on the registration process.

 Cost of GMC Registration

The cost of registering with the GMC can vary depending on a
number of factors, including your primary medical qualification, the type of
registration you are applying for, and the length of time for which you are

The following are some of the costs associated with the GMC
registration process:

  1. Application
    fee: This is a one-time fee that is required at the time of application.
    The fee for 2023 is £433
  2. Annual
    retention fee: Once registered, doctors are required to pay an annual
    retention fee to maintain their registration. The fee is £433, currently.
  3. Continuing
    Professional Development (CPD) fee: Some CPD activities may also have an
    additional cost associated with them.

It’s important to note that some of these fees are subject
to change and it is advisable to check the GMC website for the most current
fees. Additionally, some countries may have a reciprocal agreement with UK and
may have reduced fees or exemptions. It’s important to check with the GMC or
the relevant embassy or consular office in your country for more information.


How long does the GMC take for license issuance?

 Currently, GMC processes new requests in 5 days, however this period might extend on individual basis if further information is required.

Does GMC accept USMLE?

GMC accepts USMLE as an approved exam for the purpose of GMC registration, however applicants need to have passed the Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge & Step 2 Clinical skills exam ( for step 2 clinical skills, exam should be passed on or before 20th March 2020.

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