All expat medical professionals in Kuwait to be vetted by EPIC

Published:  25 Dec at 6 PM
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The Kuwaiti government has authorised a non-profit organisation to verify expat doctors’ qualifications.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health along with the emirate’s Kuwaiti Medical Association have hired global non-profit organisation EPIC to check and confirm all expatriate doctors’ certificates and qualifications. The Ministry itself will not be paying for the checks, with the medical specialists under investigation expected to foot a bill of $205. The amount being charged by EPIC is made up of a $125 fee for opening an account with the organisation plus $80 per certificate review.

EPIC is an electronic portfolio of international credentials, listed as a ‘service of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates’ (ECFMG). Its web page offers medical students as well as qualified medical practitioners a portfolio of verified credentials which can be used worldwide to prove the qualifications necessary for a position. According to the EPIC website, for medical practitioners whose qualifications are already verified by ECFMG, the $80 certificate review fee will be waived, and those with qualifications already verified by ECFMG will have them linked to their EPIC account.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Ministry of Education is now finalising a list of 1,000 employed expats whose contracts will be ended on June 30th 2019, allowing their ,replacement by Kuwaiti nationals. The list includes 300 teachers, 600 office service staff and 100 social workers. The 300 teachers have been targeted for removal according to their subjects as there is an abundance of Kuwaiti teachers able to teach the same subjects. At the same time, the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation has advertised 750 jobs for Kuwaitis with degrees in chemical and petroleum engineering. Successful applicants will join a further, similarly qualified 2021 Kuwaitis and 329 expats already working for the company.
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