Te Marae Ora is responsible for regulating health care providers in the Cook Islands under the following legislation: Ministry of Health Act 2013, Medical and Dental Practices Act 1976, Nurses Act 1986 and Ministry of Health (Pharmacy and Therapeutics Products) Regulations 2013. In order to practise in the Cook Islands, health professionals of regulated professions must hold a current practising license issued by the respective councils. These professional bodies must ensure all health professionals registered are fully competent in the practice of their profession.
Attach your CV, relevant qualifications, registration and current annual practising licence. If unavailable, provide a registration number or letter of good standing.
Send your completed application to MOH.HR@cookislands.gov.ck accompanied with your registration fee.
If your application is approved, your details will be recorded in the council register and you will receive a registration number, and an annual practising licence.
If you have a practising licence, you must ensure you renew this every year and meet the competencies set by your council.
It is an offence to practise without a license. If you do so, you may be:
Regulated health professionals are required to pay a one-off registration fee, to register with a council, to practise in the Cook Islands, and pay annual registration fees to maintain their current practising licence.
Medical and Dental Council
Allied Health Professionals Council
$50 (Pharmacist) and $25 (Pharmacy technician)
Annual Practising License
Medical and dental practitioners
Allied health professionals