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Medical Council Begins Consultation on Medical Education and Training Rules

Medical Council Begins Consultation on Medical Education and Training Rules

The Medical Council today (7th November 2012) began a consultation process as part of the development of amendments to its medical education and training rules.

An important function of the Medical Council is to quality assure and promote continuous improvement in medical education and training. 

The proposed amendments to existing rules are designed to better reflect the current arrangements for basic medical training in Ireland, by providing further detail on intern training requirements. 

The Council has published the draft amendments to the rules on its website, and is inviting members of the public, the profession and other interested parties to comment on the draft.  Following this consultation process and consideration by Council of submissions received, the draft amendments to the rules will be reviewed and finalised.  

Speaking today, President of the Medical Council, Professor Kieran Murphy said:

"The proposed amendments clarify the requirements for basic medical training and the requirements which must be met as part of intern training.

“The structures in place for medical education and training are designed to provide a foundation from which doctors can provide care which is both safe and of the highest possible quality throughout their careers. I encourage all interested parties to take the opportunity to shape these rules by providing feedback for consideration by Council.”   


Notes to editors:

  • The draft amendments to the Rules are available from the Council’s website at, where a feedback form can also be downloaded. 
  • Printed copies are available by contacting the Council’s offices at 01-4983190.
  • Submissions on the draft rules must reach the Council by close of business on 27th November 2012.  Details of how to submit feedback are provided on the website. 
  • All submissions are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997-2003.