WFME has recently received several enquiries about schools that have received accreditation by the German-based accrediting agency ASIIN. A misunderstanding was reported that the accreditation is equivalent to accreditation by an agency with WFME Recognition Status, and therefore satisfies the ECFMG 2023 Accreditation Requirement. WFME clarifies that this assumption is false.
Suggestions appeared that ASIIN and the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) are officially authorised by WFME to perform an accreditation procedure. This is not true. ASIIN and AMSE have no such authorisation by WFME, have not been evaluated in the WFME Recognition Programme, or even applied for it.
The only definitive list of agencies that have received the WFME Recognition Status or are in the process of applying for it is on the dedicated page on the WFME website.
Starting in 2023, individuals applying for ECFMG Certification must be a student or graduate of a medical school that is appropriately accredited. More specifically, the school must be accredited by an accrediting agency that is officially recognised by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).
The misunderstanding about the connection between ASIIN’s activity and WFME Recognition was presumably caused by the fact that ASIIN uses WFME Standards for Basic Medical Education to assess the programmes. WFME Standards are freely available for all to use, and WFME welcomes their use. However, the use of the WFME Standards is not a requirement in the WFME Recognition Programme – one of the Recognition Criteria requires existence of standards but these do not have to be the WFME Standards. Only a part of the Recognition Criteria is based on the agency’s use of standards. WFME focuses on many other aspects of the agency’s work in the evaluation for the Recognition Programme. Only agencies that have completed the full process and have received the WFME Recognition Status satisfy the ECFMG Requirement.