Foreign medical professionals must apply for Special Temporary Permits to practice their professions while conducting the medical mission in the Philippines. Any foreign organization intending to bring medicines and/or medical equipment to be donated or used during the conduct of medical missions must also comply with the requirements of the Philippines’ Department of Health – Bureau of International Health Cooperation (DOH-BIHC).
A team composed of representatives from DOH, DILG, PRC and PMA shall ensure the smooth implementation of the Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions (FSMM) program. All applications for FSMM shall be submitted to the Philippine Medical Association who shall forward the same to the following professional groups, copy furnished DOH.
Read the full guidelines: Joint A.O. No. 2009-0030 – Revised Policies and Guidelines in the Conduct of Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions (FSMM in the country) | A.O. No. 2012-0030 – Guidelines on Foreign Surgical and Medical Mission Program in Support of Universal Health Care/ Kalusugan Pangkalahatan
View the Checklist of Requirements: 2023-01-18 Checklist for Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions
Download the Application Form at: 2021-09-22 Application Form Authority to Practice by a Foreigner
For Donations of Health- and Health-Related Products: 2023-01-18 Checklist for Foreign Donations
- Valid/current license from country of origin, authenticated by the Embassy/Consulate (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services)
- Board certification (specialty), authenticated by the Embassy/Consulate (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services)
- Curriculum vitae, acknowledged by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services)
- Passport sized picture in four copies (taken within one year)
- Application letter addressed to
Bureau of International Health Cooperation
The Letter must contain the following information:
- Type of mission (medical, surgical or both)
- Duration of the mission and inclusive dates
- Activities and list of areas where the activities will be conducted
- The following are additional requirements if the foreign mission team members intend to bring drugs, and/or medicines, medical supplies and medical equipment to be donated or used during the mission:
- Itemized list of the items together with the quantity and the expiration dates for drugs and medicines
- Written consent from the host local government executive (governor/mayor) and/or of the health facility where the mission will be conducted
- Names and specialties of the mission team members
- Flight details
- Deed of donation authenticated at the country of origin (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services)
- Deed of acceptance from the host hospital/Local Government Unit (LGU)
- Drugs and medicines to be donated should have a shelf life of at least 12 months upon arrival in the country and the said medicine shall be used solely for the scheduled mission.
- Application must be submitted 60 days before the date of mission to facilitate clearance/s from DOH and other agencies.
- Letter of certification from the sponsoring host organization (LGU or Non-Government Organization (NGO)) certifying the need and type of mission to be conducted. Cost of post-care mission of morbidities/mortalities arising from the mission will be shouldered as well by the host organization.
- Proof of juridical entity (certified true copy of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration must be submitted.
- Notarized letter of guarantee from both the medical mission group and the host organization assuming full responsibility for the outcome of the missions.