The Specialist Register was established in 1998 to provide for specialist registration of registered medical practitioners or dentists qualified in various specialties. According to the Medical Registration Ordinance and the Dentists Registration Ordinance, a registered medical practitioner or dentist who wishes to have their name included in the Specialist Register of The Medical Council of Hong Kong or The Dental Council of Hong Kong must be:

  • either a Fellow of the Academy, and certified by the Academy that they have completed the postgraduate medical training and have satisfied the continuing medical education requirements for the relevant specialty; or 
  • certified by the Academy to have postgraduate training and qualification comparable, or equivalent in the case of an application under the Dentists Registration Ordinance, to that required of a Fellow of the Academy in the relevant specialty.

The Academy Council will vet the applications for specialist registration submitted by the Medical Council of Hong Kong and the Dental Council of Hong Kong, and make listing recommendations under Specialist Register as appropriate. 

Only registered medical practitioners or dentists on the Specialist Register are recognised as specialists, and can use the title “specialist in a specialty”. A specialist can claim to be a specialist only in the specialty under which they are included in the Specialist Register, not other specialties. 

The name of any Fellows who resigns or whose membership is terminated or otherwise forfeited will be deleted from the register of the Academy and subsequently removed from the Specialist Register. 

Certification of Specialist Registration

For registered medical practitioners or dentists who are not undertaking the supervised specialist training provided by Academy Colleges but wish to have their names included in the Specialist Register of the Medical Council of Hong Kong and the Dental Council of Hong Kong, they may apply to the Academy for certification. Their training and qualifications will be assessed to ensure they are comparable or equivalent to those required of Fellows of the Academy in the relevant specialty.

View and download more information about Certification of Specialist Registration

Appeals to the Academy 

Appeals Committee of the Academy will consider appeals against a recommendation of the Education Committee on Certification of Specialist Registration under the Medical Registration Ordinance or the Dentists Registration Ordinance and / or a result in an examination conducted by an Academy College the passing of which is required for admission to Fellowship of the Academy. View and download the Procedural Guidelines on Appeals to the Academy.