The International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) is a non-profit association with 75 members representing more than 30 countries. The IAMRA’s purpose is to support medical regulatory authorities worldwide in protecting the public interest by promoting high standards for physician education, licensure and regulation, and facilitating the ongoing exchange of information among medical regulatory authorities. The IAMRA strives to be responsive to the needs and future direction of medical regulatory authorities worldwide and believes that communication, participation, and interaction by all are essential to the true success of this international collaboration.

Host Organizations

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1956. The ECFMG promotes quality health care for the public by certifying international medical graduates for entry into U.S. graduate medical education, and by participating in the evaluation and certification of other physicians and health care professionals. In conjunction with its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), and other partners, it actively seeks opportunities to promote international medical education through programmatic and research activities. Through its program of certification, the ECFMG assesses whether international medical graduates are ready to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc., (FSMB) is a national non-profit association with membership consisting of 70 medical licensing authorities in 50 American states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The goal of the FSMB is to enhance public protection by promoting public health and safety through its member boards.  The FSMB was founded in 1912, as the result of a merger between the National Confederation of State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards (established in 1891) and the American Confederation of Reciprocating Examining and Licensing Boards (established in 1902). Its mission includes continual improvement in the quality, safety, and integrity of health care through the development and promotion of high standards for physician licensure and practice.

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality examinations for the health professions. Protection of the health of the public through state of the art assessment of health professionals is the mission of the NBME, along with a major commitment to research and development in evaluation and measurement. The NBME was founded in 1915 because of the need for a voluntary, nationwide examination that medical licensing authorities could accept as the standard by which to judge candidates for medical licensure. Since that time, it has continued without interruption to provide high quality examinations for this purpose and has become a model and a resource of international stature in testing methodologies and evaluation in medicine.


Updated: April 6, 2010