Enhancing the Quality of Medical Education Worldwide

Our priorities at the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) include promoting accreditation through the WFME Recognition Programme, elevating standards for medical education by publishing expert consensus on standards, and maintaining the World Directory of Medical Schools.

Recognition Programme

The WFME Recognition of Accreditation Programme evaluates agencies against internationally-accepted criteria for accreditation. Recognition Status is the quality measure which confers the understanding that the quality of medical education in accredited schools is to an appropriate and rigorous standard.


WFME publishes international best practice Global Standards for Quality Improvement of Medical Education, covering Basic Medical Education, Postgraduate Medical Education, Continuing Professional Development of Medical Doctors, and Distributed and Distance Learning in Medical Education.

World Directory

The World Directory of Medical Schools is a freely accessible directory of the world’s undergraduate (basic) medical education programmes. It contains information for over 3,700 schools, both operational and historical, including curriculum and enrolment details.

Latest news

Discover the latest news from WFME and stay informed about the organisation’s projects and developments.

WFME Recognition Programme made strides in raising global medical education standards in 2023
23 February 2024
Three agencies awarded WFME Recognition Status - NCQAAETI, NCAMC and PMDC
23 February 2024
The WFME Basic Medical Education Standards on the Horizon 2030
18 December 2023
Seeking your insights on the future direction of WFME
22 November 2023
Jørgen Elefsen Nystrup
06 November 2023
Two more agencies awarded WFME Recognition Status - AHPGS and SKVC
10 October 2023

Upcoming events

Join us at the below events to connect with WFME and other experts in the field of medical education.

DATE: 25 May 2025
25 - 28 May 2023

Recognition map

Discover the latest progress in the WFME Recognition of Accreditation programme in the below interactive map. 

  • Countries with agencies with Recognition Status
  • Countries with agencies applying in the Recognition programme

To access information, simply locate the country you are interested in, click on the country and a pop-up window will appear with details about operating accrediting agency/ies with WFME Recognition Status or applying agency/ies in the WFME Recognition programme in that country. To learn more about a particular accrediting agency, click on the link below its name in the pop-up window. This will direct you to the agency’s website.

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