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All existing doctors to enrol on new online portal within 3 months, new advisory from National Medical Commission
The National Medical Commission (NMC) has issued an important advisory regarding the implementation of the National Medical Register (NMR), as part of the “Registration of Medical Practitioners and Licence to Practice Medicine Regulations, 2023.” Section 11 under Chapter III, which pertains to Transitory Provisions, outlines the process for medical practitioners to update their registration details.
According to the advisory, all existing medical practitioners enrolled in either the Indian Medical Register or the State Medical Register must update their registration information on the Ethics & Medical Registration Board’s web portal within three months of the publication of these regulations.
This update is a one-time measure to ensure compliance with the new regulations.
Once the registration number is obtained through this process, the generated license will be valid for a period of five years from the date of issuance.
The advisory also highlights that no fee will be charged by the Ethics & Medical Registration Board (EMRB) of NMC for the purpose of updating the license of medical practitioners.
With the approaching deadline for this mandatory update, the general public is advised that the NMC is diligently working on launching an integrated web portal that will serve all stakeholders, including State Medical Councils (SMCs), Medical Colleges & Regulatory Bodies, among others.
While the activation of the portal might take some time, the registration process will begin once the portal is operational.
The NMC assures all stakeholders that sufficient time will be provided for onboarding and operationalizing the registration process, and further updates will be communicated widely.
Detailed guidelines and progress updates regarding the operationalization of the portal will be regularly shared on the official website of the National Medical Commission and the NMR portal, once the latter becomes operational.
Medical practitioners are required to register on an online portal as per the National Medical Commission’s (NMC) notification.
This registration must be completed within three months of the NMC’s notification, which is on or before November 8, 2023.
The registration process is free of charge.
Additionally, practitioners are expected to renew their registration every five years.