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Provisional Registration


The Medical Council Malta is the Competent Authority for the registration and regulation of Medical Practitioners and Dental Surgeons in Malta.  Registration gives a Practitioner the right to seek employment in Malta, but this will not provide employment automatically.
The Medical Council is bound by the provisions of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC which stipulates that ‘Basic medical training shall comprise a total of at least five years of study, which may in addition be expressed with the equivalent ECTS credits, and shall consist of at least 5500 hours of theoretical and practical training provided by, or under the supervision of, a university.’  'Ref to Art 11 e, Dir 2013/55/EC'. This is the update of 2005/36/EC.  
For queries regarding the Foundation Programme Malta, please contact directly the Foundation School Malta, by sending an email at
The Medical Council will only grant  Provisional Registration  to a  Medical Practitioner once he/she has been approved for the Foundation Programme.  However, it is advised to verify in advance with the Medical Council that the University and the specific pre-medical course undertaken is eligible for Provisional Registration in Malta.  When the Call for Applications is issued by the Foundation School Malta, the Applicant will be asked to submit a 'Letter of Intent' from the Medical Council in confirmation that he/she is eligible for Provisional Registration in Malta. 

The Letter of Intent (LoI) is an email from the Medical Council Malta containing text as per sample here below:
 a sample image of the Letter of Intent
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 A Medical Practitioner who is interested in applying for the next intake of the Malta Foundation Programme is therefore encouraged to submit an 'Application for a Letter of Intent to be presented to the Foundation School Malta'  (download) along with Pre Medical and/or detailed transcript of the total course content (curricular) per year and the number of hours per subject/module, to the Medical Council, as early as possible, by email at  In those cases where the transcript neither provides the number of hours undertaken nor provides the hours for the last year of the course, a letter from the Dean of the University clearly stating the total number of hours carried out is to be submitted.  Please note that this is not an Application for Provisional Registration with the Medical Council, and that incomplete forms will not be considered.

Following successful completion of one's medical studies, an application for Provisional Registration has to be submitted to the Medical Council. The Foundation School Programme can only start on having attained Provisional Registration with the Medical Council Malta.

Deadline for Application for the letter of intent 2022 (for intake 2023):

Friday 29.07.2022 - 15.00 Hours Central European Time (CET).
NB: Incomplete applications and Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for the 2023 intake. Please make sure that your application complete with all documents as requested is submitted before this deadline.
FAQs on the Eligibility for Provisional Registration with the Medical Council of Malta (July 2021)
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Once you have been accepted for the Malta Foundation Programme (proof/confirmation is required) you are requested to submit application with the Medical Council in order to be granted Provisional Registration.  For any queries please contact us by email at
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  • In 2010, the Medical Council Malta adopted the United Kingdom Foundation Programme (UKFP) guidelines, 'The New Doctor', for the Foundation Year 1 and Foundation Year 2 doctors, as the standard competences requirements for full registration.  The General Medical Council (GMC) granted its permission provided that the Medical Council ensures that the regulation of the Malta Foundation Programme clearly falls under the jurisdiction of the Medical Council.  'The New Doctor' (as updated) may be downloaded from (link).
  • In 2011, the Malta Foundation School was granted re-affiliation by the UKFPO (for more information please access link). 
  • The reports on the Quality Assurance on the Foundation School Malta held by the Medical Council, may be accessed from (link).
  • Information about Provisional Registration please accessed from (link)