INFORMATION OF INTEREST
Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS)FCVS was established in September 1996 to provide a centralized, uniform process for state medical boards to obtain a verified, primary source record of a physician's core medical credentials. This service is designed to lighten the workload of credentialing staff and reduce duplication of effort by gathering, verifying and permanently storing the physician's credentials in a central repository at the Federation's offices. FCVS obtains primary source verification of medical education, postgraduate training, examination history, board action history and identity. The Federation collects and publishes the most complete data available on physician licensing and disciplinary boards, including their licensing requirements and disciplinary functions. It maintains a resource library of the medical practice acts and regulations under which its member boards operate.
Benefits of Using FCVS
Physicians who complete the verification process establish a permanent, lifetime portfolio of primary-source verified credentials—allowing quick, easy and inexpensive access to medical credentials. These documents can be used throughout a physician’s career for state licensure, hospital privileges, employment and professional memberships. This service is especially valuable to those physicians graduating from medical school outside the U.S. or Canada, where verification is often time-consuming, costly and difficult.
The Federation is a national non-profit association with membership consisting of 70 medical licensing authorities in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S Virgin Islands.The Canadian provincial medical licensing authorities hold affiliate membership in the Federation.
CHECK OUT THE FEDERATION OF STATE MEDICAL BOARDS SITE www.fsmb.org/ FOR MORE INFORMATION.