General Information

Eligibility

Eligibility for taking the Licensing Examination is governed by section 7A of the Medical Registration Ordinance, Cap. 161 of the Laws of Hong Kong (“MRO”). An applicant must satisfy ALL requirements set out in section 7A of the MRO:
    " (1) No person shall be eligible to take the Licensing Examination unless -
        (a) he makes an application in that behalf to the Council and pays to the Registrar a prescribed fee for taking the Licensing Examination; and
(b) he satisfies the Council -
          (i) that at the time of the application he has satisfactorily completed not less than 5 years full time medical training of a type approved by the Council and is the holder of a medical qualification acceptable to the Council; and
          (ii) that he is of good character.
      (2) For the purpose of subsection (1)(b)(i), the 5 years full time medical training shall include a period of internship as approved by the Council. "

The requirements include ALL of the following elements:
        (a) Medical training must be:
          - not less than 5 years in duration (i.e. an applicant is not eligible if he has completed less than 5 years of training for any reason, including exemption from part of the curriculum);
  - full time in nature throughout all 5 years;
  - of a type approved by the Medical Council;
  - includes a period of full time internship resident in a hospital;
  - leading to the award of a medical qualification acceptable to the Medical Council.
        (b) Good character befitting medical practitioners.

In accordance with the MRO, the Council may prohibit a person from taking the Licensing Examination if the person has taken any one part of the Licensing Examination 5 consecutive times and has failed each time.
Applications with interrupted medical studies will be considered on case-by-case basis.
Applications from holders of a Doctor of Osteopathy will be considered on case-by-case basis.
Please refer to the current guidelines on eligibility published by the Medical Council of Hong Kong - Guidelines 1- Eligibility to Take Licensing Examination.
An applicant should provide 2 character references in the application form.
Certificate of Good Standing/Certification of Good Character:
(a) An applicant who has been registered in any place as a medical practitioner should submit a certificate of good standing (original) issued by each registration/licensing authority within 3 months before the application for the Licensing Examination and include a copy of the registration certificate/license if he/she is currently registered.
(b) An applicant who has never been registered in any place should submit a certificate of good character (original) issued by the dean of the medical school or authorised person of the hospital in which he/she last received internship/residency training, testifying that he/she was of good character during internship/residency training.
A pass in Part I (Examination in Professional Knowledge) can be retained for 5 attempts in Part III (Clinical Examination) within 5 years. If the candidate does not pass Part III in the 5 attempts or within 5 years, he/she will have to take and pass Part I again before making further attempts in Part III.
A pass in Part II (Proficiency Test in Medical English) can be retained for 5 attempts in Part III (Clinical Examination) within 5 years. If the candidate does not pass Part III in the 5 attempts or within 5 years, he/she will have to take and pass Part II again before making further attempts in Part III.
A candidate who has passed 3 subjects in Part III (Clinical Examination) can retain those passes for 1 further attempt in either of the next two scheduled sittings. If he/she passes the 4th subject in the further attempt, he/she passes the Clinical Examination. If not, the validity of the partial pass results will lapse and he/she will have to take all 4 subjects again.