BREXIT & Recognition of Professional Qualifications

The European Commission published a  notice to stakeholders advising on the impact of EU exit to specific policies. This notice concerns the recognition of professional qualifications and it confirms that:

  • The withdrawal of the United Kingdom does not affect decisions on the recognition of professional qualifications obtained in the United Kingdom taken before the withdrawal date on the basis of Directive 2005/36/EC by an EU-27 member state.
  • As of the withdrawal date, United Kingdom nationals will be third country nationals and hence Directive 2005/36/EC no longer applies to them. If they apply for recognition in an EU member state, it will be under their national process for assessing the qualifications of international health profession graduates
  • Qualifications obtained in the United Kingdom by EU nationals (other than UK nationals) as of the withdrawal date will be classed as third country qualifications for the purpose of EU law. Recognition of such a qualification will no longer be covered by the recognition regime of Directive 2005/36/EC

The notice advises EU nationals holding UK professional qualifications obtained before the withdrawal date to consider whether it is advisable to obtain, before the withdrawal date, the recognition of those UK professional qualifications in an EU-27 member state.

The above rules will come into force either on 29 March 2019 if there is no Withdrawal Agreement, or at the end of the transition period if one is agreed.

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