FAQs About the 6ME

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The 6 monthly medical examination (6ME) is a crucial aspect of healthcare for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore. It ensures that FDWs are in good health and fit to work, protecting both their well-being and the welfare of their employers. 

However, there are often questions and uncertainties surrounding the 6ME process. In this article, we address frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the 6ME, providing clarity and guidance for employers and FDWs in Singapore.

What is 6ME?

The 6ME is a mandatory medical examination required by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for all FDWs working in Singapore. It must be conducted every six months throughout the duration of the FDW’s employment contract.

Why is the 6ME Necessary?

The 6ME serves several important purposes:

  • Ensuring Health and Safety: The examination helps to detect and prevent the spread of infectious diseases among FDWs, their employers, and the community.
  • Monitoring Health Conditions: Regular medical check-ups enable early detection of health issues, allowing for timely intervention and treatment.
  • Compliance with Regulations: The 6ME is a legal requirement imposed by MOM to ensure that FDWs are medically fit to work in Singapore.

Who is Required to Undergo the 6ME?

All FDWs aged 18 years and above, including first-time and experienced workers, must undergo the 6ME. This requirement applies to FDWs from all countries of origin.

What Does the 6ME Include?

The 6ME typically consists of the following components:

  • Medical History Questionnaire: FDWs are required to provide information about their medical history, including any pre-existing conditions or recent illnesses.
  • Physical Examination: A thorough physical examination is conducted to assess the FDW’s overall health status.
  • Laboratory Tests: Blood tests may be performed to screen for infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and syphilis.
  • Chest X-ray: A chest X-ray is usually taken to screen for TB infection, as required by MOM.

Where Can FDWs Undergo the 6ME?

FDWs can undergo the 6ME at designated medical clinics and healthcare facilities approved by MOM. These clinics are equipped to conduct the required medical examinations and tests in accordance with MOM’s guidelines.

How Often Should FDWs Undergo the 6ME?

FDWs are required to undergo the 6ME every six months throughout the duration of their employment contract in Singapore. The first examination must be completed within two weeks of the FDW’s arrival in Singapore.

What Happens if an FDW Fails the 6ME?

If an FDW is found to have a medical condition that renders them unfit for work during the 6ME, MOM may take the following actions:

  • Temporary Suspension: MOM may temporarily suspend the FDW’s work permit until they receive medical clearance to resume work.
  • Medical Treatment: The FDW may be required to undergo further medical evaluation and treatment to address any health issues identified during the examination.
  • Cancellation of Work Permit: In severe cases where the FDW’s medical condition prevents them from fulfilling their duties, MOM may cancel their work permit, requiring them to return to their home country.


The Six-Monthly Medical Examination (6ME) is an essential requirement for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore, ensuring their health and safety in the workplace. By addressing frequently asked questions about the 6ME, we aim to provide clarity and guidance for employers and FDWs navigating the examination process. 

By prioritizing the 6ME and complying with MOM’s regulations, employers can fulfill their duty of care towards their FDWs while promoting a safe and healthy working environment. For comprehensive healthcare services, including the 6 monthly medical examination (6ME) for FDWs, get in touch with us at Keystone Clinic & Surgery.


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Mom.gov.sg. 2024. Six-Monthly Medical Examination (6ME) for MDWs. https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/work-permit-for-foreign-domestic-worker/eligibility-and-requirements/six-monthly-medical-examination

Doctoranywhere.com. 2023. 6 Monthly Medical Examinations: FAQs About 6ME Health Checks. https://doctoranywhere.com/blog/2023/06/17/6-monthly-medical-examinations-faqs-about-6me-health-checks/

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