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Before you register

Before registering with MedCo, you must be registered with an appropriate professional body – i.e. the GMC or HCPC. If you are registered with the GMC you must hold a valid licence to practice. If you do not hold this you must provide a referee, in which case contact enquiries@medco.org.uk for further information.

You must also be registered, in your own right, with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and provide a valid ICO number which we will verify with the ICO register of fee payers. If you do not have an ICO registration, you can find out how to register on the ICO website www.ico.org.uk

Please also consider the steps below before submitting an application to register.

 

 

Step 1: Decide whether to register as a Direct or Indirect Medical Expert

Direct Medical Expert Registration: (DME)

A Direct Medical Expert (DME) is an expert who appears in a MedCo search and is willing to take direct instruction from a claimant representative or other Authorised User such as an insurer.  A DME may also receive work via a Medical Reporting Organisation (MRO).  These experts are required to pay a fee and are obligated to upload anonymised case data following an examination within set time periods.

Indirect Medical Expert Registration: (IME)

An Indirect Medical Expert (IME) is an expert who only produces medical legal reports via instructions from a MRO. There is currently no fee and the obiligation to upload anonymised case data following an examination lies with the MRO.

Please note: if you register as a DME you are able to also work for MROs without the need to also register as an IME.

Read more about the differences and the obligations of a DME and IME.  

 

 

Step 2: Read the User Agreements

All medical experts are required to click to accept a Pre-operational User Agreement.  This agreement sets out the experts and MedCo's obligations in the time period taken to complete the accreditation training.  Once the training and MedCo due diligence checks have been completed experts are required to click to accept either the Direct or Indirect Medical Expert User Agreement, according to their registration type.

Pre-operational User Agreement

Direct Medical Expert User Agreement

Indirect Medical Expert User Agreement

 

 

Step 3: Understand Accreditation and Continuous Professional Development  

To become operational a medical expert must complete the initial online accreditation training and thereafter commit to completing Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Read all about what is involved to become accredited and complete CPD.  

 

 

Step 4: understand the requirement to declare direct Financial Links

All medical expert users of MedCo must declare any direct financial links they have that meet the Ministry of Justice statement on direct financial links. 

Read the full statement and definition on Direct Financial Links

 

 

Step 5: Submit an application to register

Having read and understood the options and the steps above use the links below to register

 

Register as a Direct Medical Expert

 

Register as a Indirect Medical Expert

 

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