England Boxing has a four-phase medical guideline document, which should be used as a reference point for all EB-affiliated doctors.

Introduction to the Ringside Doctor Phases

  • Phase One: Medical Screening the BCR1 – Fit or Not Fit to Box.
  • Phase Two: Pre-bout medicals, checking no changes or injuries in training or otherwise, carried out during the weigh-in window before a competition.
  • Phase Three: Ringside attendance of the doctor at the competition including treatment administered within the ring/ringside.
  • Phase Four: Post-bout medical assessment and treatment, if required, of injuries.

To view the Ringside Doctor Phases document, click the corresponding link above.

England Boxing also follows the IBA medical guidelines in international competition and can be used for additional information by EB-affiliated doctors.

You can download the IBA medical handbook here.

Guidance for specific situations can also be found below.

Guidance for doctors providing medical services at boxing events

A paramedic should be present at every bout unless the doctor at ringside is equipped, competent and confident to resuscitate a stricken boxer.

The supply of equipment a doctor would use is agreed upon between the club and the doctor.  Paramedics should supply their own equipment.

Register of Approved Doctors

England Boxing requires all doctors to be affiliated and wear their England Boxing ID lanyard whenever supplying medical services to Boxing (this includes medicals or ringside assistance) as of Monday 31st July 2023.

Doctors can become affiliated via The Vault membership system, and you can click here to view The Vault User Guide on Doctor Registration.

Please note: Should a doctor not have affiliation and receive their ID card by Monday 31st July 2023, they will be removed from the medical register and asked to register again via the upcoming new process.

England Boxing has been compiling a central Register of Approved Doctors, who are approved to deliver medical and ringside services to its clubs and regional associations.

The register will ensure that England Boxing can provide these doctors with additional information and understanding of the medical rules of boxing. It will also ensure that our regions are able to check that a doctor is qualified and licensed to practice.

Any doctors wishing to be added to this register may do so, providing they have a GMC licence to practice.

A doctor who wishes to provide services for boxing may be registered by their regional association, or may register personally by sending the following details to
• Doctor’s name and surname
• GMC registration number
• Address, including city and postcode
• Contact telephone number
• Email address (to receive up-to-date information on boxing medical matters

There is no fee payable to be added to the Register of Approved Doctors, and any doctor who is informed that a fee is payable should contact the England Boxing office on 0114 2235654.
Alternatively, a boxer may wish to have his or her medical with their own GP, if their GP is happy to provide this service.

Associations will be provided with a list of doctors’ names and contact details to enable them to contact doctors to undertake medical services. Home addresses will not be circulated.

Please note that doctors not on the register cannot be used for boxing medical services.

Regional associations are able to use listed doctors from other associations, as long as they are on the approved list.