Organizations call for Revalida examination notice to be published in September

The national test to validate foreign medical diplomas, scheduled for December, has not been held for 3 years

Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Eduardo Pazuello
Photo: José Dias/PR
Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Eduardo Pazuello Photo: José Dias/PR

Organizations that work on the defense of the rights of migrants, including Caritas Brazil, sent a letter on Thursday, September 3, to Inep (Anísio Teixeira National Educational Research and Study Institute), a body of the Ministry of Education, calling for the publication of the public notice announcing the Revalida examination to be brought forward to September.

The staging of a national examination, the purpose of which is to validate the medical diplomas of doctors issued by foreign teaching institutions, had been announced by the ministry for October but was later postponed to December 6th.

The civil society organizations argue that the examination should be held as quickly as possible given the shortage of doctors in various regions of the country in the midst of the health crisis experienced in the country. The last Revalida examination, which is supposed to be annual, was held in 2017

“Mais Revalida”

Given the delays in staging the examination process, a private organization called the “National Institute for the Validation of Foreign Education” announced the administration of an exam called “Mais Revalida”, for the purpose of validating medical diplomas. 

The public notice for this exam caused some confusion among the candidates who thought it was the official examination organized by Inep.

“Mais Revalida” is in no way connected to the Revalida examination – despite having the same name – and registration is 167% more expensive than the price charged to sit the examination by the public institute in 2017. 

In view of the government’s silence, the organizations are also asking the Ministry of Education to officially clarify that these are different tests. 

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