The Islamic Republic of Iran Medical Council is a Non Governmental Organization(NGO) which is responsible for licensing, authorization, and registration of the all health care professionals (except nurses who are registered by Iran Nursing Organization.) to practice in Iran.
IRIMC strives to achieve the following goals:
- Continued improvement of the quality of health care
- Improvement of the medical practice as well as medical education to a more excellent level.
- Promoting as well as maintaining the quality of health care practice
- Definition, protection and supporting patients' rights
- Protection of the professional rights of the health care professionals
- regulating bi or multilateral collaborations between health care professionals and other associations & organizations.
All Iranian health care professionals are registered and licensed by IRIMC.
IRIMC represents 291,000 members including general practitioners, specialist and sub-specialists in medicine, general dentists, specialists in dentistry, pharmacists, clinical laboratory doctors, midwives, and other licensed health care workers (such as physical therapists, optometrists,)
200 regional branches have been established nationwide through independent and simultaneous election procedure. Each regional branch consists of a board of directors with regional president, vice president, treasurer and secretary whom operate under the supervision of IRIMC president and the supreme council. 2860 health care professionals serve as the boards of directors of all IRIMC regional offices in Iran.
In 1964, the Medical Council was first legislated by the National Parliament of Iran which has by now been amended eight times in the following years. The last amendment was in 2004 when IRIMC legislation was approved by the country’s Expediency Council.
The first election for Medical Council executive board was held in 1968 after which the Medical Council officially started its operation.
From 1968 to 1979 (Islamic Revolution), 4 terms of elections were held in the Medical Council.
Dr. Manouchehr Eghbal was the first president of this organization who held this position for two terms.
He was succeeded by Dr. Yahya Adl and Dr. Maleki, respectively.
From 1979(Islamic Revolution) to the present, 7 persons served as the IRIMC presidents in 9 terms of its activity.
Dr abbas Sheibani was the first IRIMC president after the Islamic revolution who served from 1981 to 1984.
He was succeeded by Dr Mohammad ali Hafizi (1984-1986), Dr Hadi Manafi (1986-1991), Dr Iraj Fazel (1991-1996), and Dr Sadr (1996-2001) respectively.
Dr Zafarghandi was the 6th term president (2001-2005) who was succeeded by Dr Sadr who held this position for 2
terms (2005-2013),Dr. Zali (2013-2017), and Dr Iradj Fazel (2017-2019)
The 11th term has commenced in February 2019 when Dr. Mohammadreza Zafarghandi was elected as the IRIMC President.
- IRIMC Legislation: In 1964, the Medical Council was first legislated by the National Parliament of Iran which has by now been amended eight times in the following years. The last amendment was in 2004 when IRIMC legislation was approved by the country’s Expediency Council.The IRIMC is based on its president and 3 principal bodies: The General Assembly, the Supreme Council, and the Boards of Directors of the IRIMC regional offices.
- IRIMC President: President is the highest elected official and leads the executive board of this organization. The president is elected by the General Assembly and appointed by president of the country to a four-year term. Currently this position is held by Dr. Mohammadreza Zafarghandi.
- The Board of Directors: All health care professionals registered by IRIMC are eligible to take part in IRIMC election. The board of directors of each IRIMC branch is directly elected by the health care professionals who work in the same district. Each board of directors represents its delegates (the minimum one and the maximum 8) to arrange the General Assembly.
- The General Assembly: The General Assembly is the main deliberative Assembly of the IRIMC that serves as its parliament. It is composed of 224 members who elect IRIMC President as well as Supreme Council members for a term of four years.
- The Supreme Council: The Supreme Council is made up of 29 members consisting of 25 elected members who are represented by the General Assembly and 5 appointed members: 2 representatives of Iran parliament health committee, 1 healthcare professional as the representative of the Ministry of Health, and the Head of Iranian Legal (Forensic) Medicine Organization. The Supreme Council is led by a chairperson, 2 vice-chairpersons and a secretary. The Supreme Council has the power to impeach the IRIMC President.
Dr. Shima Naghavi, Bureau of International Relations.
Updated on 14 July 2019