United Kingdom
EEA Doctors to face Pre-Registration Identity Checks in UK
Mar 18, 2005 - 4:24:00 PM

From 1 April 2005 the General Medical Council will be introducing pre-registration identity checks for all doctors who are EEA or Swiss nationals and for doctors who are exercising an EC right.

Identity checking is being introduced in response to the UK’s growing problem with identity theft. It is just one of many initiatives the GMC is undertaking to improve the rigour of registration processes.

Doctors will have to complete the following steps:

* Make a personal visit to the GMC’s offices in London with their passport.
* Details from their passport will be taken and retained.
* A digital photograph will be taken of the doctor for GMC records.

The photograph will be made available to employers so that they can be assured of the doctors’ identity when they start work.

Graduates of UK Medical Schools and International Medical Graduates who take the PLAB test already undergo pre registration identity checks before obtaining registration.

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