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The Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC) developed the Model Standards for Medical Registration in Canada1.

FMRAC is a voluntary, member-based organization comprised of each of the 13 provincial and territorial regulatory authorities. The purpose of FMRAC is to provide structure for national standards for licensure. This includes the set of academic qualifications that make an applicant eligible for licensure.


This document describes acceptable medical degrees for all licence types or permits. All licence types and permits require the applicant to have graduated from a recognized medical university or school.


This policy describes the medical universities or schools accepted for all licence types or permits.


Applicants for registration must have a medical degree from a medical university or school that:

  • was listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS)2 at the time the applicant completed the program and the medical school listing must include Sponsor Notes for Canada (certain medical schools might be acceptable to Canada within a defined time period); OR
  • a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from a school in the United States of America accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.


  1. FMRAC Model Standards for Medical Registration in Canada
  2. World Directory of Medical Schools

Applicable Legislation: Medical Practitioners Regulations pursuant to the Medical Act – Section 19 (3) (a) (i) and subsequent sections for all classes of licence

Approved By: Registration Policy Committee, Council

Approval Dates: May 5, 2022 & May 27, 2022

Review Date: May 2025