EPIC to val­i­date med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6: As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Tech­ni­cal Af­fairs at the Min­istry of Health Dr Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Mu­tairi was re­cently quoted as say­ing the min­istry has ap­proved the EPIC, a spe­cial­ized in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion, to check and ver­ify doc­tors’ cer­tifi­cates, which will re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity of em­ploy­ing any­one based on false cre­den­tials and keep pace with the ex­pan­sion and in­crease the clin­i­cal ca­pac­ity in pub­lic and spe­cial­ized hos­pi­tals, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Mu­tairi said this step em­anated from the guid­ance of the Min­is­ter of Health Dr Bas­sel Al-Sabah and Un­der­sec­re­tary of the min­istry Dr Mustafa Redha, who presided over a meet­ing via video com­mu­ni­ca­tion with of­fi­cials of the EPIC Foun­da­tion re­cently in the pres­ence of As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Tech­ni­cal Af­fairs, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Na­tional Med­i­cal Ser­vices, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Med­i­cal Sup­port Ser­vices, Di­rec­tor of Tech­ni­cal Depart­ment, Chair­man of the Kuwaiti Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and Ad­vi­sor to the Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry.

The au­dit mech­a­nism was dis­cussed in de­tail through re­li­able means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion and through au­tho­rized or ac­cred­ited per­sons.

Ac­cord­ing to the EPIC sta­tis­tics for 2017, 50,000 cre­den­tials have been ver­i­fied from dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties and 95 per­cent of the doc­u­ments were ver­i­fied within a max­i­mum pe­riod of three months. There was no er­ror in ver­i­fy­ing the va­lid­ity of any cer­tifi­cates or cre­den­tials, say sources.

EPIC, is the US-based elec­tronic cer­tifi­cate port­fo­lio, is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and is a pri­mary source of med­i­cal ac­cred­i­ta­tion for physi­cians and in­sti­tu­tions around the world, ver­i­fy­ing the main source of the doc­u­ment, (ECFMG), where au­dit­ing through this body is a stan­dard and a pre­req­ui­site for the re­cruit­ment of physi­cians in the United States.

Mean­while, the Min­istry of Health has taken a de­ci­sion not to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the masters or PhD or Diploma cer­tifi­cates of non-Kuwaiti doc­tors who are work­ing for med­i­cal tech­ni­cal author­i­ties in Kuwait, re­ports Al-Anba Daily.

The de­ci­sion came after the re­quest for re­vi­sion of the pro­mo­tion of nonKuwaiti doc­tors to the func­tional lev­els about those who don’t meet their sci­en­tific ex­pe­ri­ences.

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