The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) is a body corporate established under the provisions of section 3(1) of the Medical Act 1971 whilst the legal powers are derived from section 4 of the same Act.
The Council is a supreme body and vested with the authority to makes all policy decisions. Though Para 2(1) of the First Schedule, under the Medical Act 1971 requires the Council to meet at least twice in a year, however, meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month to enhance efficiency. The Council meetings are presided over by the President and in his absence by a chairman elected by members present.
The Council acts through various Committees and Secretariat.
Our Duties & Functions
To protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public in the practice of medicine, the Council:
- Registers only qualified doctors;
- Prescribes and promulgates good medical practice;
- Promotes and maintains high standards of medical education; and
- Deals firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt.
The core functions of the Council under the statute are as follows:
- To authorise registration of medical practitioners;
- To maintain a Medical Register of all registered medical practitioners in Malaysia;
- To issue practicing certificates to registered medical practitioners;
- To promote, recognise and accredit medical education and training programmes and institutions;
- To determine and regulate the conduct and ethics of registered medical practitioners;
- To consider the cases of medical practitioners who, because of some mental or physical condition, may be unfit to practise medicine;
- To review the competence of medical practitioner;
- To advise and make recommendations to the Minister of Health on matters relating to the practice of medicine in Malaysia; and
- To perform such other functions so as to give effect to the Medical Act 1971 as may be prescribed in the Act or assigned by the Minister.
Composition of the Council
The composition of the Council or our governing body is prescribed under section 3 (A) of the Medical Act 1971 (Amendment 2012). The current membership comprises 33 members as follows:
- Director General of the Ministry of Health cum the President
- 15 fully registered medical practitioner resident in Peninsular Malaysia to be elected by fully registered medical practitioners resident in Peninsular Malaysia
- 1 fully registered medical practitioner resident in Sarawak to be elected by fully registered medical practitioners resident in Sarawak
- 1 fully registered medical practitioner resident in Sabah to be elected by fully registered medical practitioners resident in Sabah
- 3 fully registered medical practitioner from the public services to be nominated by the Director General and appointed by the Minister
- 9 fully registered medical practitioner from the representative of recognised local universities and university college to be nominated from among the members of the faculty by the governing bodies of the respective recognised local universities and university college and appointed by the Minister
The Director General of the Ministry of Health is the ex-officio President Para 1(1) of the First Schedule of the (Medical Act ) and also the ex-officio Registrar (section 10(2) of the Medical Act ) of the Council.