The National Specialist Register Of The Malaysian Medical Council

The Medical (Amendment) Act 2012 received Royal Assent on the 5th Sept 2012 and the gazette was published on the 20th Sept 2012. The Medical (Amendment) Act 2012 makes it a legal requirement for doctors wishing to practice as specialists to have their name entered on the National Specialist Register.

Section 14 A ‘Registered medical practitioner practicing as specialist” reads as follows:

  1. No person whose name has not been entered into register shall practice as a specialist in that specialty.
  2. Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be subjected to disciplinary jurisdiction of the Council.

Section 14 B reads ‘A person is entitled to be registered as a specialist’ under this Act if

  1. he has been fully registered under section 14;
  2. has attended specialized training in that specialty in a recognized training institution;
  3. holds a recognized specialist qualification;
  4. he has proven to the satisfaction of the Malaysian Medical Council that he is fit and is of good character.

Section 14 C ‘Registration as Specialist’ reads:  
(1) The Council may consider the application made under subsection 18(1) and may require the applicant to produce information or documents in support of the application.
(2) Where the Council decides to approve the application, the Council directs the Registrar to enter the applicant’s name in the Register
(3) The Council may refuse to register any such person as it thinks fit
(4) Where the Council refuses to register the applicant under subsection (3), the Council shall immediately serve a notice of refusal to the applicant, together with reasons thereof.”

The amended Medical Act requires the Council to establish a National Specialist Register (NSR). Medical Practitioners who wish to practice as Specialist have to register with the NSR. The Evaluation Committee for Specialist Medical Qualifications (ECSMQs) established by the Council shall consider all applications for specialist registration. Specialty Subcommittees (SSCs) of recognized specialties shall assist the Evaluation Committee in their evaluation. All applications for registration shall be reviewed for consideration by the relevant SSCs which will then make their recommendations to the Evaluation Committee. Applicants who fulfill the required criteria shall be recommended by the ECSMQs to the Council for entry in the NSR. Only medical practitioners with appropriate credentials are entitled to be registered as a specialist.The National Specialist Register (NSR) is a database of members of the Specialist Medical Practitioners in the country. The register contains information about medical specialists, their disciplines/specialties, qualifications and place of practice. The NSR   assists the public and medical practitioners find appropriate medical expertise for consultation and referrals. 


Organizational Structure of the Evaluation Committee

The Evaluation Committee of the Malaysian Medical Council (“Council”) is constituted under section 4E of the Medical (Amendment) Act 2012 and section 3 of the First Schedule of the Medical Act 1973 (“Act”) for the “purpose of evaluation and registration of medical practitioners” in accordance with the Council’s power under section 4A of the Medical (Amendment) Act 2012 “to approve or refuse any application for registration or certification in accordance with this Act or Regulations.”

There shall be two Evaluation Committees established by the Council i.e.
(i) Evaluation Committee for Primary Medical Qualifications; and
(ii) Evaluation Committee for Specialist Medical Qualifications (ECSMQ).

The Evaluation Committee for Specialist Medical Qualifications - click here