Temporary full registration for overseas doctors can be granted by the General Medical Council (GMC) if they are 'visiting the UK for a temporary period to provide specialist knowledge and skills in a particular branch of medicine' (e.g. to demonstrate a specialist procedure).
The GMC requires visiting overseas doctors to obtain a Certificate of Introduction from the relevant UK medical Royal College. The certificate, and submission of other evidence, allows doctors who are eminent overseas specialists with exceptional knowledge and skills in a particular branch of medicine to lecture/train/operate in the UK for a short period.
Certificates of Introduction are arranged by the Global Affairs Department. If you require GMC registration for this purpose, you must submit your request to the Global Affairs Department at least eight weeks before the date of your visit.
Your request must comprise of the following supporting documents:
- A completed IMG5 form
We require a scanned colour copy of your passport's photo ID and signature page in order to verify your identity.
We require an up-to-date CV in order to verify the details of your full academic and employment history. The CV must include a list of your publications, research and awards.
- Certificate of Good Standing (CGS)
We require this evidence in order to check that there have been no concerns about your fitness to practice. The CGS must be from your medical licensing/ registration body.
- Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ)
We require a copy of your PMQ as part of our verification processes.
- Postgraduate Medical Qualification (PGMQ)
We require a copy of your PGMQ certificate as part of our verification processes.
- Nature & Purpose of the Visit
Purpose of the visit including full details & visit itinerary must be provided.
- Letter of Support
This must be a strong letter of support from the consultant within the UK who is arranging the visit.
- Certificate of Employment (IMG5)
This must be completed by the Medical Director of each employing authority which is To be completed by the Medical Director of each employing authority or institution which is to employ the applicant on their visit to the UK.
If you have any queries, please email the Global Affairs Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).