All Doctors, Dentists Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals who
wish to practice in Gibraltar must first register with the Board.
Registration is not only required by law, but also is a pre-requisite by insurers of medical indemnity and therefore practice without registration can result in severe penalties, which may include imprisonment and civil damages.
Possession of registration with regulatory bodies from other countries (including the UK) is not sufficient for this purpose.
All doctors working in Gibraltar are required to be registered with the Gibraltar Medical Registration Board (GMRB).
Registration with the GMRB is likely be approved in the following ways:
1. All doctors conducting 50% or more of their practice in Gibraltar are required to be registered with the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) and hold a licence to practise (LtP) with the GMC.
2. All doctors with a UK primary qualification are required to be registered with the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) and hold a licence to practise with the GMC.
There are three other groups that are specifically mentioned in the Regulations who may be approved (subject to certain other criteria, see below) for registration by the GMRB. Using the Regulations numbering, they are:-
3.(1A) Junior doctors who obtained their primary medical qualification outside the EEA and do not have a LtP with the GMC may be allowed to practise with limited registration, working for the Government of Gibraltar or Gibraltar Health Authority in a supervised and training role.
3.(1B) Doctors who on 1st April 2019 had been registered to practise in Gibraltar for a period of 13 years and are not eligible for registration with the GMC shall be entitled to practise whilst registered with the GMRB.
3.(1C) Doctors who carry out more than 50% of their medical practice outside Gibraltar, who qualified outside the UK and who are registered and in good standing with the EEA State in which they work may be entitled to practise within Gibraltar. The legislation specifically mentions for this group that they must practise within a defined scope agreed with their Responsible Officer but, in practice, this requirement extends to ALL doctors categorized as above (1, 2, 3.(1A), 3.(1B) and 3.(1C)).
Doctors who fall outside these groups will not be eligible for registration with the GMRB.
Dental services in Gibraltar are provided by Registered Dental Practitioners who are either in salaried employment in the Gibraltar Health Authority or in private dental practice as self-employed. The Gibraltar Medical Registration Board is the registering body for Dentists and Dental specialists. The Board in general shadows the UK’s General Dental Council in matters of ethical policy and adopts its published guidance as its own framework of professional guidelines for registered dental practitioners registered with it.
The Board in general shadows the UK’s General Pharmaceutical Council in matters of ethical policy and adopts its published guidance as its own framework of professional guidelines for registered medical practitioners registered with it. The Board has adopted the General Pharmaceutical Council’s guidelines, Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance (September 2010) as its own code for registered Pharmacists.