ECFMG verifies the authenticity of credentials related to physicians’ medical education, training, and registration/licensure directly with the institutions that issued the credentials. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury currently restricts certain interactions between U.S. organizations and entities in Iran. ECFMG is in the process of clarifying the allowed parameters of interacting with educational, health care, and medical registration/licensing institutions in Iran for the purpose of verifying credentials issued by those institutions. Pending this clarification, ECFMG is not processing requests to verify credentials issued by institutions in Iran.
ECFMG is aware of the potential impact of this situation on its clients and is working actively to resolve the situation. At this time, ECFMG is in the process of:
- Seeking clarification of the impact of OFAC restrictions on its ability to contact medical schools, hospitals, medical regulatory authorities, and other institutions in Iran;
- Determining available alternatives for verifying medical credentials issued by institutions in Iran;
- Notifying clients affected by the current situation; and
- Developing informed and accurate informational materials to provide guidance and minimize disruption for affected clients.
ECFMG is committed to maintaining the highest quality credentials verification for all physicians and organizations that we serve. We regret any inconvenience, and we thank all of our clients for their patience and cooperation.
Please monitor this website. We look forward to posting updates as they become available.
Read the June 3, 2015 update.
Read the June 5, 2015 update.
(posted May 29, 2015; updated June 3, 2015, June 5, 2015)