Frequently Asked Questions

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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 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. 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

The Council protects, promotes and maintains the health and safety of the public in the practice of medicine through:

  1. Registering only qualified and eligible doctors;
  2. Prescribing and promulgating good medical practice;
  3. Promoting and maintaining high standards of medical education; and
  4. Dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt.
 

Patients trust practitioners with their lives and wellbeing. They need to have confidence that practitioners are competent in their field and abide by high ethical standards. As custodian to the medical profession in Malaysia, the Council’s duty is to protect this public interest.

Hence, pursuant to the Medical Act 1971, any person who wishes to practice medicine in Malaysia needs to be registered with the Council. The Council maintains a Medical Register for this purpose. The Council may erase registered practitioners from the Medical Register if it appears, by reason of their misconduct that they may be unfit to remain on the register. No person who is unregistered is legally qualified or duly qualified to practice. In other words, no person can practice medicine, unless such a person is registered with the Council and holds valid registration certificates in respect of the calling.

 

Please feel free to get in touch with the Secretariat by telephone or in writing at any time. You can refer to our website at Contact Us for further details. The Council’s personnel will be pleased to assist you.

 

The length of the process will depend a lot on documentation. If the application is complete, allow us to ONE month, from receipt of a complete application, to issue a certificate to you. If your documents are not proper, we will inform you in writing NOT more than THREE times.

Therefore, where possible: a.

  1. your applications should be in the Council office well in advance of making employment arrangements;
  2. Contact Us from time to time, preferably by email; and
  3. please respond to our queries immediately.

Any delay may not only prolong your application but more importantly affect the legality of your practice.

 

There is no a simple yes or no answer at the outset, as each application is assessed individually, and there are a number of steps in the process. Generally, if your application meets all our criteria, there should not be any problem. However, you are strongly advised to Contact Us from time to time, preferably by email and not to indulge in any practice until we have informed you of the outcome in writing.

 

You can apply for temporary registration within a special scope of practice. Further information on this scope is available on our website for Temporary Registration

 

As the law requires every doctor to serve the public services for three years upon being fully registered, you need to be employed. Exemption from compulsory service, however, can be considered. Please refer our website for Compulsory services.

 
You need to apply for Provisional Registration. For the duration, please refer Question number 1 above. 

You may be eligible if you fall under any of the following category:

  1. Malaysian citizen who possesses a basic medical degree listed under the Second Schedule of the Medical Act 1971 and has completed houseman/internship training overseas;
  2. Foreigner who possesses a basic medical degree listed under the Second Schedule of the Medical Act 1971 with a clinical experience of not less than three years and employed in the public sector.
  3. Foreigner who possesses a basic medical degree not listed under the Second Schedule of the Medical Act 1971 but a postgraduate degree recognized by MOH and with postgraduate clinical experience not less than five years. He/she needs to show proof of employment in public/private sector. (Private sector refers only to private hospitals with 50 beds or more).
 
Yes, please refer to our Medical Register. 

Once we have notified you in writing, you can start your clinical practice immediately. However, you need to submit the letter within ONE month for your certificate to be processed.

 

Pursuant to Section 29 of the Medical Act 1971, the Council has disciplinary jurisdiction over all Registered Medical Practitioners registered under this Act.

The ‘Code of Professional Conduct’ is a guideline that spells out how registered medical practitioners should relate to their patients, colleagues and public. The Council is also guided by the duties of a doctor namely ‘Good Medical Practice’ and ‘Confidentiality’ to supplement the Code. In addition, the Council has produced and adopted ethics guidelines on specific areas.

You are advised to discuss the matter with the doctor or the management of the healthcare facility. If the issues are not resolved, you may contact us and / or fill up the Complaint / Information Form to enable us to process your complaint / information and send it along with the relevant materials to the Malaysian Medical Council.

To lodge a formal complaint, kindly fill up the Complaint / Information Form and send it along with relevant evidence or documentation to the Malaysian Medical Council.
You do not need a lawyer to lodge a complaint / information.
There is no time limit to lodge a complaint. However, it is advisable to lodge the complaint at the earliest possible time.
Yes, you may complain to the Council irrespective whether you have complained to another organization.
Complaints against a registered medical practitioner will be forwarded to the Preliminary Investigation Committee. The Preliminary Investigating Committee will meet and review all evidence.

If the PIC recommends an inquiry, we will write to inform you and the respondent doctor once the date has been fixed for hearing. We will give both parties plenty of notice. You need to present the complaint and be cross-examined by the respondent doctor and/or his legal counsel. Both the complainant and the respondent doctor can appoint a legal counsel to assist them in the investigation at their own expense. The complainant is required to bring all the original evidences and witnesses for the hearing. The respondent may call upon any witness to defend the complaint against him / her.

If the Council decides that further inquiries should be made into your complaint / information, you and the respondent doctor will be notified. You may appoint a legal counsel to assist you in the investigation at your own expense. You will also be required to bring all materials including originals of documents for the inquiry.

The Council shall decide to impose punishment in accordance with the Medical Act.

Yes, the doctors can appeal to the Courts. The Courts may affirm, reverse or vary the orders made by the Council. The decision of the Courts is final.

Pursuant to the Medical Act 1971, only individuals possessing recognized basic medical degrees listed in the Second Schedule are accepted to register and practise medicine in Malaysia whilst graduates from unrecognized colleges have to sit and pass the Medical Qualifying Examination in three local universities or examining bodies before their registrations are accepted.

Section 12(1)(aa) of the Act empowers the Council to administer examination for medical undergraduates trained from institutions not listed in the Second Schedule of the Act to practise medicine in Malaysia. The conduct of the examination is prescribed in Medical (Setting of Examination for Provisional Registration) Regulations 1993. Successful candidates are eligible for provisional registration with the Council.

 

You need to complete an application form and submit to us once the examination dates have been decided by the examining bodies.
No, the Medical Act 1971 does not allow you to practise medicine (even as a candidate) in Malaysia unless you are registered with the Council.
The Council only registers you to sit for the examination and after endorsing the results forwarded by the examining bodies, issues a certificate for you to apply for registration. Currently, the Council does not conduct any examination.
Your standing will be posted shortly after it is confirmed (approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the examination is over)
Candidates will be notified by letter only, without exception. In order to prevent errors or fraud, NO results will be given over the phone or by fax transmission.
Absolutely not. In order to prevent errors or fraud, no results will be given over the phone or by fax transmission.

Pursuant to the Medical (Setting of Examination for Provisional Registration)
Regulations 1993, the examining bodies have the right to determine how the examination is conducted and the marking scheme.

The list of reference books that you may find helpful when preparing for the examination will be informed by the examining bodies once you are registered with them.
The examining bodies conducted two final year professional examinations per year. Once the date has been fixed, they will notify us in writing and we publish in local major newspaper. Aspiring candidates can surf our website from time to time.
The Council has no power to grant you any resitting. Pursuant to the Medical (Setting of Examination for Provisional Registration) Regulations 1993, only the examining bodies have the rights to allow you a resitting. You need to get their approval in writing before you are eligible to register to sit for the examination with the Council.

The fee you paid to the Council is for registration to sit for the examination whilst the fee paid to the examining body covers all expenses encompassing use of library, tutorials, payment to patients and staff conducting the examination.
Please bear in mind that the registration fee with the Council and the other fees determined by the

You need to apply for employment with Public Service Commission of Malaysia apart from applying for provisional registration with the Council. Please surf our website for more details with regards to Registration.

 

The NSR is a Register of Specialists, and it is Part C of the Medical Act (amended). It contains the names of all specialists practising a specialty in Malaysia. The specialist so registered will have to have a recognized specialty degree and will have to fulfill criteria laid down by the National Specialty Register Technical Committee.

 
Criteria have been laid down, and continuously updated, to define requirements for recognition of all specialties and sub-specialties for the entry of names into the NSR. This includes not only degrees and diplomas but also evaluation of not only interventional skills but also non-core activities, like communication, IT, governance, etc.
This is a committee composed of mem bers from the Ministry of Health, Academy of Medicine and professional bodies whose duty is to lay down the criteria and evaluate specialists to ensure that they qualify to have their names entered into the NSR.
Even though the evaluation is conducted once in 5 years, it is required for the specialist to show evidence that he has continually upgraded his specialty training through self-conducted practice and skills development as well as through peer reviewed evaluation.
Essentially, the two are quite separate. As stated above, NSR renewal is ever five years. On the other hand, CPD Grading is a continuous process, and the credit points may be utilized in evaluating a specialist’s professional performance towards renewal in NSR.
For further clarification on any matters raised in this communication, please contact the MOH CPD Secretariat (email/phone) or the MMC Secretariat (email/phone).