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Professions: Qualifications

Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN 275250, tabled on 9 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will list the professional qualifications which will no longer be automatically recognised in the EU in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answered on

16 July 2019

Currently, UK professionals benefit from automatic recognition of their professional qualifications by EU member states for seven professions: nurses, midwives, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, architects and veterinary surgeons. All other qualifications are only recognised if they are deemed to be of an equivalent standard to the EU Member State’s own standards. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK nationals will no longer have access to the EU’s reciprocal system of automatic professional qualification recognition.

UK nationals seeking recognition to practice regulated professions in the EU after a no deal exit would have to check the national policies and rules of the relevant Member State in which they intend to practice. The Government has published advice for UK professionals seeking to have their qualifications recognised in EU member states in the event of ‘no deal’ on Gov.uk.

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Department for Exiting the European Union