Medical Council of New Zealand approves New Registration Pathway

On 1 May 2023, The Medical Council of New Zealand will implement a new registration pathway for International Medical Graduates in the Provisional General scope of practice, the basis of which is the recognition of passing Part 1 and Part 2 of the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test – the pre-registration examination administered by the General Medical Council, United Kingdom.

The UK General Registrants Pathway prescribed eligibility criteria will be as follows: 

  • A successful pass in Part 1 and Part 2 of the PLAB test within the 5 years immediately prior to application; and
  • holding full general registration with the General Medical Council; and
  • the successful completion of Foundation Year 1 or Foundation Year 2 in the United Kingdom; or
  • the satisfactory completion of 12 months’ practice in an approved practice setting in the United Kingdom.

Applicants who obtain Provisional General registration under this pathway will be expected to complete one year (full-time equivalent) supervised practice in a hospital in a house officer position in New Zealand.

To find out more about working in New Zealand, please get in touch with Sharon Spence. Email:

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