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Brexit update for UK nurses registering in Ireland

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Brexit update for UK nurses registering in Ireland

​The NMBI has updated it's Brexit advice for UK nurses seeking to register as a nurse in Ireland:

NMBI and Brexit As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom will no longer be covered by European Union rules on the recognition of professional qualifications, and the recognition of qualifications obtained in EU Member States by the United Kingdom will be a matter of UK law.

The NMBI continues to prepare for Brexit and to liaise with its United Kingdom (UK) counterpart – the Nursing and Midwifery Council to minimise the impact of Brexit on those applying for registration in Ireland. 

The NMBI has been assured that the Nursing and Midwifery Council registration standards will not change (from a qualifications’ requirements perspective) for some time. Whilst the NMC registration standards remain the same, applicants holding nursing or midwifery qualifications which were awarded in the UK should not experience any significant difference in the qualifications’ recognition process. 

In some limited cases where there are justified doubts, qualifications transcripts and module descriptors may be requested to confirm that a qualification meets the registration requirements.  The European Professional Card One of the more significant impacts of Brexit is that the European Professional Card (EPC) route for qualifications recognition will no longer be available to UK qualified applicants after 31 December 2020.   

Important Notice for those with ‘Temporary and Occasional’ Registration UK-qualified applicants who are currently registered with the NMBI on a Temporary and Occasional basis (under the provisions of the EU Directive) should note that their temporary and occasional registration will cease on 31 December 2020. These persons should apply for permanent or ‘established’ registration on the NMBI Register of Nurses and Midwives to ensure that they can continue to practise as a nurse in Ireland from 1 January 2021 onwards.

 Further details available here.

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