|To register with Medical Council of Malawi, the
following steps are required:
- Obtain a registration form from the Council or on the web.
Fill it and send it together with copies of professional certificates
and a non-refundable application fee as stipulated in Fees and
- On receipt of the application form and application fees, the
Council scrutinizes the professional qualifications to determine
the register in which to enter the applicant. Upon production
of valid documents to support registration, applicants may be
registered in the following registers depending on one's professional
- Specialists Register
- Main Register
of Interns - Internship Guidelines
of Vocational Trainees
- For applications involving people trained outside Malawi, the
Council requires evidence that the qualification was recognized
for registration in the country of issue. In addition for professionals
who obtained their qualifications abroad and are entering Malawi
for the first time to practice medicine, the Council demands proof
of evidence that the applicant was registered in the country he/she
was immediately before coming to Malawi. In addition for countries
that issue Certificate of Goodstanding, the Council demands evidence
of this document as a clearance.
- Once all the above is in order, the application is processed
and a certificate is issued accordingly. Foreigners are required
to take residency in Malawi within a period of six months once
they are registered with Medical Council.
|It may happen that the applicant did not demonstrate
that she/he acquired enough training to deal with local disease conditions.
The Council requires such applicants to be placed on orientation at
an approved hospital for a specified period during which the applicant's
performance is monitored and reported to the Council by peers.
|Some people have questioned the need to register
with the Medical Council of Malawi. The answer is as follows:
|Registration is a legal requirement according
to the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act (Cap 36:01, Laws of
Malawi). It is illegal and punishable by law for one to engage in
medical practice without registering with Medical Council of Malawi.
The law requires every medical practitioner to register with Medical
Council as an indication that the Council vouches that practitioners
have the required qualifications and experience for their calling.
Thus the Council is issuing a statement to the effect that a medical
professional is qualified and competent to practice medicine.
|To the medical practitioners, registration confers
to them legal status. They are legally empowered to treat patients
and in return demand a fee or salary for services rendered. Registration
also offers protection to the medical practitioner. The Council will
stand by a practitioner who is being maliciously molested.
|Another value of registration involves clearance
of a practitioner. If a medical practitioner intends to work or train
abroad, most if not all countries require clearance from the respective
regulatory body in a form of Certificate of Goodstanding. This document
can only be issued by the Council and it is issued to registered people
with a good record. In most cases Certificate of Goodstanding issued
by the Council supercedes Curriculum Vitae.
|Registration with the Council also confers upon
the medical practitioner reciprocal recognition in some countries.
What this means is that if you are registered in Medical Council books,
you will automatically be considered for registration in countries
that are members of the Association of Medical Councils in Southern
Africa. Currently the following are members: South Africa, Malawi,
Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Swaziland,
Kenya, Zambia, Namibia and Uganda.
|Registration also ensures no hassles when one
wants to establish a private practice. If one continuously maintains
one's name on Medical Council registers, it becomes easy when one
applies for private practice licence. The Council would normally refuse
to grant a private practice licence to a person who never maintained
his or her name on any of the registers kept by the Council.