Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has planned to launch fully automated online application system in March allowing medical graduates and licensed practitioners to apply for licenses, renewals, and other services without visiting the commission office.
According to an official of PMC, the pre-existing database of licensed practitioners only had CNICs of less than 35 per cent licensed practitioners in their record.
The council approved the launch, in March 2021, of the digital license profile project, allowing practitioners to create their digital profile online and, upon biometric verification, update their status and profile online with automated verification processes.
The commission approved the decisions of the disciplinary committee which entail imposing penalties including heavy fines for medical and dental practitioners working without a valid license, as well as suspending and cancelling licenses on account of negligence and placing privileges under review.
It would also secure a doctor’s data and identity, and enable a public mobile application for anyone to check a doctor’s status.
The Council took note of a group of foreign students who graduated prior to the evaluation of foreign universities and after the evaluation, their universities were added to List B, requiring them to return to the country where they graduated, to get a license.
In this regard, he said that a special one-off path has been approved for these graduates to replace the requirement of a foreign license with a license entitlement that allows them to do their housework in Pakistan.