The Bhutan Medical & Health Council (BMHC) is an autonomous government body that regulates the medical and health professionals and related matters. The BMHC was established in 2002 under the Ministry of Health as per the Bhutan Medical & Health Council Act 2002 passed by the National Assembly of Bhutan on 24th July 2002. The BMHC was later de-linked from the Ministry of Health in January, 2017. The BMHC is a member of the Medical Councils Network of the WHO South-East Asia Region and International Association of Medical Regulatory Authority.
Excellence in regulation of education, qualification and practice of medical and health professionals.
- Strengthen public health safety through effective enforcement of policies, regulations and standards.
- Enhance the competencies by setting the high standards for medical education and continuous professional development.
- Promote professionalism and good clinical practice among medical and health professionals.
- Foster public trust and confidence in the medical and health professionals.
- License/register the Universities/Institutes/Colleges for training of medical and health professionals.
- Recognize/accredit Universities/Institutes/Colleges outside country for training of medical and health professionals.
- Review and validate curriculum for new programs.
- Register medical and health professionals who are trained within and outside the country.
- Inspect and monitor premises (universities/colleges/institutes) where medical and health professionals are trained.
- Inspect and monitor government and private healthcare centres.
- Maintain registry of all medical and health professionals and list of recognized training Institutes.
- Receive and investigate grievances related to medical and health professionals.
- Develop/frame plans, policies, regulations, standards and guidelines.
- Monitor competencies and skills of medical and health professionals.
- Liaise with international and national agencies/institutes.
- Create awareness on rules, regulations, standards and guidelines.
- Integrity & Honesty:
- We conduct our work ethically and with honesty
- We take accountability for our decisions and actions.
- We deliver our services professionally through positive attitude, actions and comments.
- Demonstrate expertise in carrying out the responsibilities and inspire others to have confidence with the principle of right man in the right job.
- We strive towards excellence in our services.
- Team Spirit:
- We aspire and work for the same goal.
- We respect and support each other.
- Registration and Licensing Services
- Education and Professional Services
- Administration and HR Services
- Legal Services
- ICT Services
Types of Services:
- Recognition and registration of training institutes in the country.
- Recognition and registration of training institutes outside the country.
- Recognition and registration of medical and health professionals.
- Monitoring and awarding of credits for the Continuing Medical Education of medical and health professionals.
- Reciprocal recognition and accreditation of courses within and outside the country.
- Receive and investigate complaints/grievances against medical and health professionals.
- Issuance of Letter of Good Standing for medical and health professionals.
The BMHC reports to the General Council Body through the Executive Committee. The Governing Council is the highest policy-making body. The Executive Committee guides and supports the BMHC in the development of standards, guidelines and strategies. The day-to-day management and enforcement of the regulatory provisions are administered by the Registrar who is the Head of the BMHC.
- Design and develop regulatory strategies that are in line with the changing times.
- Promote quality training of the medical and health professionals by monitoring the quality of faculty, curricula and processes related to the training.
- Promote respect and reputation of the medical and health professionals through public awareness and code of practice
- Promote public health safety and integrity of the medical and health professionals through unbiased investigation of complaints and grievances.
- Enhance quality of healthcare through continuous monitoring and feedback.
- Enhance competency and professionalism through monitoring the award of credits for Continuing Medical Education.
- Enhance effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery through effective stakeholder consultation, feedback system and capacity development.