Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility & Exemption


Registration with the Medical Council of Hong Kong ("the Council") is a prerequisite for practising medicine in Hong Kong. A medical graduate holding a degree of medicine and surgery awarded by a non-local university is required to pass the Council’s Licensing Examination and thereafter satisfactorily complete a period of assessment, before he/she is eligible to apply for full registration as a registered medical practitioner with the Council. The period of assessment is normally 12 months, as determined by the Council, in an approved hospital or institution in Hong Kong.

Please refer to the section on 'Registration of Medical Practitioners' in the Council's website for further details about registration.


In accordance with 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. "

Please refer to Guidelines 1 – Eligibility to Take Licensing Examination for more information. The Licentiate Committee will not comment on the eligibility of individual candidates until formal applications with required supporting documents have been received.


The Council does not have a list of approved medical institutions. All applications for sitting the Licensing Examination will be considered on an individual basis in accordance with the provisions of the Medical Registration Ordinance, cap.161 of the Laws of Hong Kong.


Please refer to Guidelines 2 – Exemption in Licensing Examination for the criteria for exemption from various parts of the Licensing Examination. Applicants who wish to apply for exemption from any part(s) of the Licensing Examination should apply by completing the Application Form for Exemption from Licensing Examination (Form 3). Applications for exemption will be assessed on an individual basis, having regard to the qualifications of the applicant and the supporting documents provided according to the prevailing guidelines.


Application Procedures


The Licensing Examination is held twice a year. Parts I and II are normally held in early March and early September while Part III is held in mid-May and mid-November. Candidates must have passed Parts I and II of the Licensing Examination to be eligible to apply for the Part III Clinical Examination.

The application period for the two sittings normally falls in mid-April to mid-May and mid-October to mid-November, respectively. Applicants must submit the completed application forms (specific for each sitting) during the stipulated application period. Applicants are required to study the Guidance Notes to Applicants of the respective sitting before application.


Please refer to the section under 'Application' of this website for the necessary supporting documents, in addition to the appropriate application form. Information on the necessary supporting documents can also be found in the Guidance Notes to Applicants of the respective sitting.


All photocopies of supporting documents must be notarised by a notary public. Photocopies certified by other persons, e.g. a solicitor or a Justice of the Peace, will not be accepted. Applicants may bring along the original documents and their photocopies in person to the Licentiate Committee Secretariat for verification during the application period.


Statutory declaration can be made before a Commissioner for Oaths, a solicitor, a Justice of the Peace or a notary public to confirm that all information and documents provided in support of the application are true and accurate. There is a free service available at the Licentiate Committee Secretariat to applicants who need to make declarations on their application.


The original application form and supporting documents (original documents/notarised photocopies/photocopies verified by the Licentiate Committee Secretariat) are required to be submitted. The application should be submitted by mail or in person to the Licentiate Committee Secretariat.


The Guidance Notes to Applicants can be found and downloaded from 'Forms and Guidelines' in this website. Please refer to the guidance notes of the relevant sitting.

 

Preparation for the Licensing Examination


The Licensing Examination is held in Hong Kong and there is no examination centre outside Hong Kong. The written examinations are usually held in the Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building. The clinical examinations are usually held in hospitals under the Hospital Authority. Please refer to the sections under 'Licensing Examination' in this website for details.


The Licensing Examination consists of three parts. Part I is the Examination of Professional Knowledge by multiple-choice questions. Part II is the Test of Proficiency of Medical English. Part III is the Clinical Examination. Please refer to the section under 'Licensing Examination' in this website for more information.


Please refer to Annex I of the Guidance Notes to Applicants for the syllabus. There is a list of topics under 'Useful Resources' in this website, which is to be used as a reference only. The list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive.


Please refer to the section under 'Useful Resources' in this website.


The Medical Council of Hong Kong is not responsible for arranging study groups among candidates or potential candidates.


The Medical Council of Hong Kong is not responsible for arranging a clinical attachment for candidates or potential candidates.

 

Period of Assessment after the Licensing Examination


Period of assessment commences on the upcoming 1 January or 1 July immediately after a candidate passes the Licensing Examination. Details of assessment are provided by the Hospital Authority. Interns will usually be organised to serve in rotations in designated hospitals in Hong Kong. Salary is determined and paid by the Hospital Authority. Interns who have successfully completed the period of assessment are eligible to apply for full registration with the Medical Council of Hong Kong.


Please refer to Guidelines 3 for details. Applications should be made to the Licentiate Committee Secretariat in writing with supporting documents.

"Guidelines 3 - Period of Assessment: Exemption, Reduction, Deferment of Internship Training" is applicable to any person who has passed the Licensing Examination and the latest date when he/she ought to have started undergoing the prescribed period of assessment falls between 1 January 2016 and 25 August 2019.

"Guidelines 3 - Period of Assessment: Exemption, Reduction and Deferment" is applicable to any person who has passed the Licensing Examination and the latest date when he/she ought to have started undergoing the prescribed period of assessment falls on or after 26 August 2019.


Upon successful and satisfactory completion of the period of assessment, interns are eligible to apply for full registration as a medical practitioner with the Medical Council of Hong Kong.