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Six-monthly medical examination (6ME) for foreign domestic worker (FDW)

During your FDW's employment, you must send her for a medical screening every 6 months. This medical examination screens for pregnancy and infectious diseases such as syphilis, HIV and tuberculosis.

Requirements

The 6ME test results must be certified by a Singapore-registered doctor. You must pay for the 6ME and any medical expenses arising from it.

Tests done during 6ME

Our 6ME letters will state the tests your helper needs to do:

Tests for Frequency
Pregnancy Every 6 months
Syphilis Every 6 months
HIV Every 2 years
Tuberculosis (TB) Once, upon 2 years of stay in Singapore

Get the 6ME done at home

If your helper is only due for pregnancy, syphilis or HIV tests, she can use the home-based 6ME service. If her 6ME includes a TB test, you'll need to send her to a clinic for her 6ME. 

When to send your FDW for 6ME

You will receive a notification letter and 6ME form by post when your helper's 6ME is due. She must complete her 6ME by the due date. 

You can also log in to our FDW eService to check her previous 6ME date. You can then know when her next one is due, and also reprint the 6ME form.

If your FDW is 50 years old or above

If your helper is 50 years old or above, she doesn’t need to go for 6ME.

She only needs to go for a medical examination upon renewal of her Work Permit.

If your FDW is on overseas leave

If your helper is due for her 6ME while she is away on overseas leave, you can request to postpone it until she returns.

Prepare the following information:

  • Helper’s full name, Work Permit number and date of birth
  • Helper’s return flight details
  • Your details:
    • NRIC number/FIN
    • Residential address
    • Contact number

Use iSubmit to give us the information above and request to postpone the 6ME. Choose option 5 as the Request Type. 

If your FDW’s employment is ending soon

If you are sending your helper home within 1 month from her 6ME due date, you can choose not to send her for the 6ME. 

When to apply for waiver

If you intend to keep her for more than 1 month from her 6ME due date, you need to apply for a waiver.

Prepare the following information:

  • Helper’s full name, Work Permit number and date of birth
  • Helper’s confirmed travel ticket
  • Your details:
    • NRIC number/FIN
    • Residential address
    • Contact number

Use iSubmit to give us the information above and request for the 6ME waiver. Choose option 5 as the Request Type. 

If your FDW fails the 6ME

If your helper did not pass her 6ME, you must cancel her Work Permit and send her home immediately.