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Mandatory Unique ID for Doctors: Know the Details

M3 India Newsdesk Feb 25, 2024

The article discusses the implementation of the "One Nation, One Registry for Doctors" initiative by the National Medical Commission in India, aimed at providing unique identification numbers to all physicians in the country.

In six months, the National Medical Commission will pilot its whole strategy. The National Medical Commission superseded the Medical Council of India on September 25, 2020. The Indian National Medical Commission oversees medical education and professions. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry oversees the National Medical Commission.

The National Medical Commission supervises medical credentials, accredits medical schools, registers doctors, monitors them, and evaluates India's medical infrastructure. After that, this regulation will be nationwide. All physicians in the nation will get a Unique ID by 2024. Under One Nation, One Registration, every doctor will have a unique ID. Which will be his identity. This ID will connect to a Commission IT site that will display the doctor's paperwork, courses, training, and licences.

The doctor will get the ID twice. He will get a temporary number when he enrols in MBBS and a permanent number after he graduates. Active practitioners will get a permanent ID straightaway.

UID will be prepared by EMRB

The NMC's Ethics and Medical Registration Board (EMRB) will get the UID ready. May 2023 was the month in which NMC made the announcement. This UID is good for the rest of your life. On the platform, doctors may change their credentials.

One Nation, One Registration's Advantages

  1. Now, with the unique ID, everyone's identification will be distinct, even though there may be several physicians with the same name.
  2. Along with a doctor's credentials, patients will be able to see their schooling, work history, and license information.
  3. Doctors may save time and avoid unnecessary trips to the relevant medical school or government agency for document verification.
  4. Any doctor in the nation may practise medicine in any state after getting a unique ID and registering with the relevant State Medical Council.

The National Medical Commission's ethics board will create the distinctive ID, authorise the practitioner to register, and permit them to practise medicine in India. The National Medical Commission (NMC) declared that all physicians would need a Unique Identity Number (UID) to practise medicine in the country.

The ethical board of the NMC will provide a unique ID, register practitioners, and assess whether they are qualified to practise medicine in India.

  1. As to the NMC Guideline titled "Regulation of Medical Practitioners and Licence to Practise Medicine Regulations, 2023," all registered medical practitioners in the nation would have a single National Medical Registration (NMR) maintained by the Ethics and Medical Registration Board of the NMC.
  2. The National Medical Register (NMR) will feature all State registrations kept up to date by the State Medical Councils, together with a list of registered medical practitioners. It will also include information on the medical professional, including their speciality, year of graduation, university, name of the institution or institutions from where they obtained their qualification(s), and place of work (name of hospital or institute).
  3. By going to www.nmc.org.in, the NMC's official website, anybody may access the NMR. The NMR will include details such as the registration number, name, father's name, date of registration, place of employment (hospital or institution), speciality, year of passing, university, and name of the institution or universities from which the degree was obtained, in addition to the medical degree and any additional medical degrees.
  4. It is also specified in the notification that the medical licence has to be renewed every five years. The practitioner must apply at the State Medical Council. A request for licence renewal must be made three months before the license's expiration date.
  5. "No fee shall be charged by EMRB, NMC to update the licence of such medical practitioner," the letter said.
  6. Practitioners may file an appeal with the Ethics and Medical Regulation Board within 30 days of obtaining a decision from the State Medical Council rejecting their request for a licence to practise or to renew their licence.
  7. When this appeal is submitted to the Secretary of the National Medical Commission (NMC), it must be accompanied by the original application that was submitted to the State Medical Council, a copy of the communication that was received from the State Medical Council, a written application that explains the reasons for rejection, and a processing fee that is payable to the NMC Secretary. After reviewing the appeal, the EMRB will decide within 30 days.
  8. Should the appeal be approved by the EMRB, a directive for the State Medical Council to give the applicant a licence to practise may be issued. This order requires the State Medical Council to provide the practitioner's licence to the EMRB within 15 days of receiving it.
  9. The practitioner has 60 days from the date of notice to submit a second appeal with the NMC if the EMRB rejects the first one.
  10. Procedure for Submitting an Application for a Licence to Practice Medicine:

A physician may apply to the Ethics and Medical Registration Board's website, providing the required information in an electronic format:

A. Registration Number

B. Name

C. Father's Name

D. Date of Registration

E. Workplace (Name of the medical facility or organisation)

F. Medical Certification, including further certification in medicine

G. Specialty; H. Year of Passing

  1. The qualified individual may choose to practice medicine in any state or state; applications submitted via the site in this regard will be sent to the relevant state or state medical council.
  2. The certificate of licence must have a registration number that is formed so that a unique identification number is suffixed with a code of the relevant state or union territory.
  3. Upon approval of the application by the State Medical Council, the same will be reflected in both the state and national medical registers.
  4. The State Medical Council can satisfy themselves and consider the application for a grant of a licence to practice medicine in that state after charging an appropriate fee within 30 days.


Disclaimer- The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of M3 India.

About the author of this article: Dr Monish Raut is a practising super specialist from New Delhi.

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