Certification Verification Service
The Joint Commission, the organization that evaluates and accredits
U.S. health care organizations and programs, has determined that
direct verification with ECFMG of a physician’s certification
status satisfies The Joint Commission’s requirement for
primary-source verification of medical school completion for
graduates of international medical schools.
ECFMG’s Certification Verification Service
(CVS) provides this
primary-source confirmation of an individual’s ECFMG
certification status to medical licensing authorities, residency
programs, hospitals, or other organizations that, in the judgment of
ECFMG, have a legitimate interest in such information.
ECFMG will confirm an international medical graduate’s (IMG)
certification status when a request is received from such an
organization. For status reports sent to medical licensing
authorities, the request can also be made by the IMG. Requesting
organizations must normally secure and retain the IMG’s signed
authorization to obtain certification information. Confirmations are
sent to the requesting organization within approximately two weeks.
Confirmations are not sent to applicants directly.
Note: For IMGs who apply to residency programs through the
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), an electronic ECFMG
Status Report will be transmitted automatically to the ERAS
application. For more information on an ECFMG Status Report for
ERAS, visit the
For more information on CVS, to obtain the appropriate request form,
or to make an on-line request, visit
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