Application of the 2020 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination for applicants other than Listed Chinese medicine practitioners is now closed.
The 2020 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination Part I Written Examination will be held in June 2020, and Part II Clinical Examination will be held in late July to August 2020.
Listed Chinese medicine practitioners and persons re-sitting Part I or Part II of the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination should submit their enrolment forms from 20.9.2019 to 31.3.2020.
The "Candidates' Handbook for the 2020 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination" and the enrolment form may be obtained at the Secretariat of the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong or downloaded from this homepage. Please note that the enrolment form must be submitted within the application period as mentioned above.
Under section 61 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, a person shall be eligible to undertake the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination if: -
Under section 61(1)(a) of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, the applicant shall "satisfies the Practitioners Board that at the time of the application he has satisfactorily completed such undergraduate degree course of training in Chinese medicine practice or its equivalent as is approved by the Practitioners Board". The above-mentioned undergraduate degree course must fulfil the basic requirements as determined by the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, which include:
If a course is conducted, whether in whole or in part, by means of distance learning, such as correspondence, web-based or self-learning, the course does not meet the above basic requirements and will not be accepted.
Other than the basic requirements above stated, in considering applications to sit in the Licensing Examination of graduates from non-local courses, especially integrated Chinese and Western medicine courses, the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board will make reference to the standards of the approved Chinese medicine undergraduate degree courses of the three universities in Hong Kong (i.e. Code no. 001-003 of table 1 of the Candidates’ Handbook) before deciding whether to approve the applications.
For the contents, eligibility, requirements of the approved courses, list of recognized institutions, syllabus and format, and the application procedure, please refer to the "Candidates' Handbook for the 2020 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination".
Candidates must obtain a pass in Part I – Written Examination (both Paper 1 and Paper 2) before they are eligible for taking Part II – Clinical Examination. The result of a pass in the Written Examination may be retained for 5 years. (i.e. 5 years after the year of obtaining a pass). If a candidate cannot pass the Clinical Examination within 5 years, he must re-sit and pass the Written Examination (both Paper 1 and Paper 2) before he is eligible for undertaking the Clinical Examination again.
Starting from 2007, an applicant who applies to take the Written Examination for the first time* must enrol in both Paper 1 and Paper 2. A candidate who passes either of the two papers in 2007 or thereafter will be allowed to retain the pass result for 3 years and he may choose to make up the other paper. However, he must re-sit and pass the other paper within 3 years, otherwise he must re-sit the Written Examination (both Paper 1 and Paper 2). Other than re-sitting, an applicant must enrol in both Paper 1 and Paper 2. If a candidate enrols in both papers, the passing mark will be determined on the basis of the total score of the two papers or either paper. A candidate who passes both papers in a single examination, or passes both papers within a period of 3 years after 2007 would be regarded as having passed the Written Examination. An applicant applying to re-sit either paper of the Written Examination is required to pay the prescribed fee for the Written Examination.
(*The definitions of "taking the Written Examination for the first time" and "re-sitting the Written Examination" do not cover the attempts and the results obtained before 2007. Only those candidates who pass either of the two papers of the Written Examination in or after 2007 are eligible to re-sit the other paper.)
According to section 97 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, any person aggrieved by the decision of the Practitioners Board made regarding his application eligibility, examination result and certificate of Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination may, within 14 days of the receipt of the notification of the decision, or within such further time as the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong (the Council) may in special circumstances allow, appeal against that decision to the Council in writing stating the reasons relied upon. In determining an appeal, the Council may invite the person concerned to give further representations in writing or in person. The procedures on appeal are listed out in part VI of Chinese Medicine Practitioners (Registration) Regulation. The Council may affirm, reverse or vary the decision appealed against and the decision made by the Council shall be final.
The judgements of appeal hearings held on 17 May 2019 concerning 1 case on the application result of the 2019 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination is as follows:
Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on the application result of 2019 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination (Chinese version only)
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