foreign medical mission to the philippines
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 Department of Health’s Bureau of International Health Cooperation (DOH-BIHC)
Guidelines on the Conduct of Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions to the Philippines
All applications for Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions (FSMM) shall be submitted to the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) who shall forward the same to the following professional groups copy furnished DOH.
Visit the PMA website www.philippinemedicalassociation.org to download the application form.
- 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 the President of PMA to contain the following information:
- Type of mission (medical, surgical or both)
- Duration of the mission and inclusive dates
- 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.
- No. and age of cases seen
- Diagnosis of patients
- List of medicines distributed and surgical interventions done
- Endorsements to the necessary health facilities (follow-up, further evaluation and management)
- Morbidities and mortalities, if any
- Photocopy of current/valid passport (page 1 and the page showing the date of arrival in the Philippines)
- Photocopy of PRC license and valid certificate of registration
- License/Certificate of Registration in the adopted country or Certification of employment with letterhead indicating the job description within the definition of the applicant’s profession
- Four pieces of recent passport size pictures (taken within one year)
- Payment of prescribed fees at PRC
- Certificated of training and board certification (for specialists)
- Application for Temporary Special Permit (PRC form 103-A)
- Certification for their congregation that the medical works are purely for charity purposes and with no remuneration involved whatsoever.
- A certification from the congregation assuming the responsibility for any action of the said physician
- The missionary should submit to PMA an annual mission report including a list of patients treated
- The missionary is required to attend PMA or component societies’ Continuing Medical Education (CME) related activities once a year to update their medical knowledge.
- The missionary who conducted his missionary works in the province must coordinate with the PMA component society for proper identification and monitoring.
According to the DOH-BIHC, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) may be contacted to assist organizers of foreign medical missions. The CFO’s contact details are:
Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Citigold Center, 1345 President Quirino Avenue,
Corner South Superhighway, Manila
Telephone Nos. (632) 561-8327, 552-4701
Fax No. 561-8332
Mobile Nos. (+63) 9175630773 / (+63) 9175630782
DOH's Procedural Guide for Shipment of Medicines/Equipment for Medical Missions
DOH-BIHC shall then facilitate the issuance of a clearance from the FDA and the Bureau of Health Devices and Technology (BHDT) for the drugs, medical supplies and medical equipment, as the case may be.
- Flight details
- Deed of donation authenticated at the country of origin
- Deed of acceptance from the host hospital/Local Government Unit
- Drugs and medicines to be donated should heave 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
* Pursuant to item VII, No. 3 (f) of the Joint Administrative Order No. 2009-0030, of the DOH, the PRC, and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Note: With regard to the entry of drugs which need to be regulated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), please refer to PDEA’s website at www.pdea.gov.ph.
Duties and Taxes
Donated medicines are subject to duties and taxes. These shall only be exempted from duties if these are consigned to the following:
- Government and private (primary and secondary) hospitals duly licensed to operated by the DOH
- Welfare/relief dispensing organizations/agencies registered and/or accredited by DWSD and registered with the SEC.
Even if the donation is exempted from duties, it will still be subject to Value-Added Tax (VAT), which is computed at twelve percent (12%) of the total cost of shipment.
Securing Duty-Free Clearance
Submit following documents to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Finance (DOF):
From the Donor:
- Deed of Donation duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate;
- Packing list of donated items. If medicines would be included in the shipment, kindly submit the itemized list of drugs and quantity to be donated indicating brand/generic name, dosage forms/strengths, batch/lot number, expiration date of at least one (1) year upon receipt, and name/address of the manufacturer; and
- Shipping Documents (i.e. bill of lading). The original copy will be needed by the consignee/local counterpart in processing the release of donation.
From the Donee/Consignee:
- Letter to the DOH-BIHC requesting endorsement to the FDA for the issuance of clearance.
- The letter request should be submitted with the complete list of drugs and quantity to be donated, with the following information: brand/generic name, formulation (with English translation), dosage forms/strengths, batch/lot number, expiration date of at least one (1) year upon receipt, and name/address of the manufacturer.
- Letter to the NEDA and DOF requesting for the issuance of duty-free clearance for the donation;
- Duly notarized Deed of Acceptance;
- Distribution plan for medicines;
- Current and valid DOH License to Operate, if hospital
- DSWD License to Operate and Certification of Accreditation, if non-government organization; and
- FDA Certificate of Product Registration (for medicines)
- The donee/consignee in the Philippines may apply for the clearances for the donated items. It is important that the name listed as donee/consignee in the deed of donation must be the same as that appearing in the shipping documents.
- We suggest that the shipping of any donation to the Philippines should be withheld unless prior coordination with the donee/consignee has been made, and appropriate endorsements/clearances from government agencies have been secured.
Submission of request for duty-free clearance must be addressed to the following:
Trade, Industry, and Utility Staff
National Economic and Development Authority
Amber Ave., Pasig City
Department of Finance
Attention: Revenue Operations Group
DOF Bldg., Roxas Blvd., Manila