Irish Medical Council (IMC)

The Irish Medical Council is a Legal Body which all doctors practicing medicine must be a member of.

For more information please review

All Doctors must be registered with the Irish Medical Council. The Irish Medical Council registration is a professional licence and without this licence it is illegal to practice medicine in Ireland. All necessary information necessary for registration can be found at

The application turnaround time can be up to 6 months. This varies from applicant to applicant and time of year that the application is submitted. The summer months are a particularly busy time for applications.

Once the Medical Council have received your application they will email you to confirm receipt of application along with a reference number that will become your Medical Council number. This number is used in all communication to the Medical Council.

Types of registration with the Irish Medical Council

There are 3 types of Registration with the Irish Medical Council:

  • General Registration
  • Specialist Registration
  • Trainee Specialist Registration

General Registration

General Registration Details can be found online at

Holders of General Registration are free to locum in addition to their particular rotation within the hospital.

General Registration is the only form of registration available to medical practitioners who do not practice in individually numbered, identifiable training posts and have not completed recognized specialist medical training. Registrants may practice independently without supervision but may not falsely represent themselves as holding Specialist Registration.

Applicants should complete the Q /L4 Form in addition to the Generic Application Form. Two references from supervising consultants and one reference from a previous employer should be submitted. Your references should address the following competencies:

  • Diagnostic skills
  • Clinical management
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Professionalism and communication skills

Please note Category 4 applicants must complete a minimum of 2 years in the trainee specialist division before applying for general registration. For further information in relation to exemptions from the PRES, please click here.

Application Procedure

Medical practitioners applying for general registration for the first time should complete the Generic Application Form.pdf and Q / L4 Form.pdf
Medical practitioners applying for general registration, who currently hold trainee specialist registration should complete the same application form, but they are not required to resubmit evidence of their basic medical qualification and internship training.

Specialist Registration

Specialist Registration Details can be found online at –

Specialist registration is specifically for medical practitioners who have completed specialist training recognised by the Medical Council and can practise independently as a specialist. A number of categories are presently available for entry into the Specialist Division of the Register. While external agencies of the Council may advise the Medical Council on individual applications, the final decision on eligibility for entry into the Specialist Division of the Register lies with the Council.

In order to work at a Consultant level you must hold Specialist Registration within the Irish Medical Council.


The Fee Breakdown for the registration:

Certificate of Good Standing (COGS)

COGS stands for Certificate of good standing. This is a document from a medical council with which you are registered. These can be sent directly to the Irish Medical council. It is highly recommended that these COGS are send directly from one medical council to another.


IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System.

There are 4 main areas that candidates are tested on. These are; Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes), Listening (30 minutes) and Speaking (11 – 14 minutes).

  • Only candidates who obtained their medical qualification/degree outside of the EU/ EEA are required to sit an IELTS examination.
  • IELTS can be completed in test centres in Ireland in Cork and Dublin, and overseas.

Locations can be found here

A minimum score of 7.5 is required and a minimum score of 7 in each individual section is required in order to be eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council.

NOTE: Work in Ireland with GMC Registration – Registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) is NOT recognised as eligibility to practise as a doctor in Ireland.

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General Medical Council – GMC

When you are considering move to UK, the first thing you should do is to commence your registration with the General medical Council in the UK ( GMC), some employer only will consider your application if you are in the registration process and some of them only if your registration is completed.

Types of registration

As well as a licence to practise, doctors must hold the right kind of registration for the posts or practice they undertake.

Employers have to check they only employ suitably registered doctors for the post they are undertaking.

There are four main types of registration which allow doctors to work in different posts:

  • Provisional registration
  • Full registration
  • Specialist registration
  • GP registration

How to register

To get registration with a licence to practise, doctors need to complete an application, pay a fee, provide evidence of identity, qualifications, and good standing, and attend an identity check.

The exact requirements are different for every type of registration application.

  • Before you apply
  • GMC APLICATION SECTION, this section provides guidance on how to make different types of application. Choose an option below to find the guidance that is right for you.
  • Registration ONLINE, set up your account here.

English language testing

Department of Health and NHS Employers guidance on international medical recruitment makes it clear that doctors recruited to work in the UK must be proficient in English so that they can communicate effectively with patients and with all individuals involved in their care.

All International Medical Graduates applying for provisional or full registration with a licence to practise must prove to us that they are proficient in English. To do this, they must obtain satisfactory scores in each of the four academic modules (speaking, listening, writing and reading) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council. The only exceptions, under European law, are:

nationals of Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA) other than the UK
Swiss nationals who since 1 June 2002 benefit under European law
Any individual with European Community rights.

For further details about the IELTS test please read our guidance on English language proficiency.

Registration fees

Doctors with full registration (or who hold provisional registration for more than two years) must pay an annual retention fee to maintain their registration. The Fee is due on the anniversary of the date they were granted full registration. The exact fee depends on whether a doctor holds a licence to practise or not. If a doctor does not pay their annual retention fee, we remove their name from the register. If the doctor then wants to restore their name to the register, they have to pay a restoration fee, as well as the registration fee. To avoid paying a restoration fee a doctor can apply to relinquish their registration (voluntary erasure) and/or their licence to practise.

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The information below details the NMC Registration (British Nursing Boards) process for nurses trained in the EU. It is a step by step and page by page break down.

1st Step – IELTS – English Assessment Exam

You need to do an Academic IELTS Test Report Form and obtain a minimum “7” in all sections, including “Reading”, “Writing”, “Listening” and “Speaking”.

To get more information follow the links: and

2nd Step – NMC – Application pack (after success in IELTS)

Go to NMC website and request an Application Pack here:

After 10 week days you’ll receive it, pay the EU Evaluation Fee, worth of £110, you can do it online at the link:

Keep your PRN number, it’s in the first page of the Application Pack, so you can check your process later, via email ([email protected]) or via phone (0044 207 333 9 333).

QUICK TIP: Fill in the App. Pack with a black pen

3rd Step – With your Application Pack send the follow documentation, certified copies, certified translations and attached to Cover Sheet:

  • Passport (colour copy)
  • Valid criminal record
  • Nursing Degree (Diploma)
  • Prove of success in the Academic IELTS Test Report Form – minimum 7
  • Supporting Declaration of Good Character – professional regulation entity of your home country

QUICK TIP: Attached to Cover Sheet of the App. Pack. Send your docs to the NMC via registered post

In some cases, you also need to send:

• if you have professional experience, you need to send a declaration from your employer, regarding each professional path
• marriage certificate, if applicable (only if you changed your name)

We hope you find this helpful but if you have any questions please let us know and we will answer any questions you may still have.

Important notes:

  1. We would advise you to photocopy first the application form and fill in the copy to make sure you do not make any mistake on the original form. If prefer you can email us a scanned copy of the completed form if you would like us to check it for you.
  2. Once checked and confirmed there are no errors or information missing you will then complete the original form provided by the NMC registration board and attaches all the documentation requested and for those documents that are not in English will need to be accompanied by an original sworn translation. All these documents along with the completed application form should be returned in the provided envelope.
  3. This process can be slightly different based on your education, country of training and the date you started your nurse training.

Check for the information on these topics, from the table on the bottom of the page

  • NMC Steps for Translation and Certification of Documents
  • NMC Official GUIDELINE
  • NMC Instructions to fill application form
  • Nurse cv template


This guide applies to your registration process if you are a Group 1 Applicant, registering via automatic recognition route (meaning you were trained in Europe after your country of training’s reference date[1]) or registering via the acquired rights route (Meaning you have enough post-graduate experience to compensate any deficit in your training[2]).

1. Requesting your Overseas Registration Application Pack and making the first payment.

Visit the NMBI’s website and download the Overseas Registration Application Request Form:

This should be printed, filled in and mailed to:

Overseas Registration,

Registration Department,

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

18/20 Carysfort Avenue,


Co. Dublin,


When sending this, you should be aware that you will be asked to pay the assessment fee, of €350. Please note that an incorrectly prepared application may significantly delay your registration process, so please check with us before returning any documents to the NMBI.

You can use the following payment methods:

If you are outside Ireland, please use the section reserved for your credit/debit card information on the appropriate form
If you are in Ireland, you may call the number 1890 200116 to make the payment by providing your credit/debit card information over the phone.

2. Filling in your Overseas Registration Application Pack, and adjoining documents

2.1 The Application Pack

The application pack will contain clear instructions on how to fill in the various sections therein. Follow these instructions, and let us know if you have any questions.

3. Documents YOU must prepare for the NMBI

The documents you must prepare and send are:

  • Passport-sized photograph of yourself, to be attached to Section 1 of the Application Pack. Include your name and Application Reference Number on the reverse of the photograph.
  • A certified copy of an identity document. This should ideally be a certified copy of your passport.
    • If this is not possible, provide a certified photocopy of your National Identity Card or a certified photocopy of your International Birth Certificate.
    • If you have changed name (i.e. because you are married) please consult with your recruitment agent to discuss which would be the best document to certify this.

4. Form C and CCPS to be sent directly by the relevant authorities

This form and accompanying Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS) will demonstrate to the NMBI that you have completed a nursing training in your country of origin, which allows you to register with the NMBI under the EU Directive 2005/36/EC provisions for either automatic recognition or acquired rights, and also that you are of “good character” – meaning that you have not been the target of any investigation for malpractice or clinical error. It must be completed by the relevant authorities in the countries where you hold registration as a nurse.

  • Form C is a document in your application pack. It asks for a person of contact, professional contact and stamp. It also contains the instructions for the CCPS.
  • The CCPS is a document which must identify you and provide the relevant information concerning your registration, and clearly state what article of the EU Directive you meet. It is also important that on the outside of the envelope there is the stamp or seal and address of the relevant authority.
  • Note!: Some relevant authorities may not be able to send the envelope themselves. If that is your case, ask that they give you the envelope, with the address and stamp or seal on the outside so that you can send it yourself. Please also note that before either yourself or the relevant authority sends this document, you should have made a certified translation and include that in the envelope. If you don’t send a translation, the NMBI will return the CCPS to you for you to translate.

5. Tracking your application

By registering to the website you’ll be able to see which documents the NMBI confirms having received. Once all documents have been received, and the NMBI is satisfied that you meet the requirements for automatic recognition, your process may take up to 90 days to be assessed, and a decision issued.

Please note that if in section C of your Overseas Registration Application Pack you have indicated an agency as your point of contact, you can still register for an account and follow your application through this system.

6. Outcome of Assessment

Once your files have been assessed, you may receive a request for further information to be provided either by yourself or by the relevant authorities. This will normally only happen when an application is prepared incorrectly, so as previously mentioned, please do make sure to check with us before sending your application! Should you be asked for more information, you are advised to provide it as quickly as possible, so that a final decision can be made quickly.

Eventually you should receive your decision letter from the NMBI, and you will then be asked to pay the registration fee of €145. Once you have done so, you should receive your NMBI Registration within 7-10 working days.

Please note that under very specific circumstances a Group 1 applicant may be refused registration, particularly if he or she has been the target of disciplinary action, sanctions or been removed from the register in another country.

[1] Romanian candidates please note the reference date is not a guarantee of eligibility for registration. Check with the OAMGMAMR (Romanian Order of Nurses and Midwives) if your training is in accordance with the EU Directive 2005/36/EC and subsequent amendments.

[2] All candidates whose training occurred before the reference date should check with their nursing board if they meet the Directive’s criteria.


Ordre National des Infirmiers – ONI

To practice Nursing in France applicants must apply for recognition of diploma in France, through the ONI – Ordre National des Infirmiers

The application for recognition is made in writing by completing the application form available at site:

Along with the following documents:

• Certified copy with French translation of the Certificate of the Nursing Diploma;

• Certified copy ID or passport;

• Original and French translation of the Declaration of Good Character issued by the Association of Nurses in the last 3 months;

• Payment made by check for the annual fee on the name of “Ordre Nationale des infirmiers”, worth 30 euros.

Please send all these documents with the form by registered mail to the department in the area where you want to subscribe.

The list of different departments can be found at:

Upon receipt of the documents a face to face interview will be conducted, where you have to prove your level of French (B1 or B2), written and oral.


SPF Santé Publique (Public Service Fédéral)

To practice nursing in Belgium applicants must apply for recognition of diploma in Belgium, with SPF Santé Publique

The application for recognition is made in writing by completing the application form (sent attached) along with the following documents:

• Motivation letter written by candidate in French

• Copies certified with the French translation of the Certificate or Diploma of Nursing

• Copy of ID or passport

• Original with translation into French of criminal record issued within the last 3 months

• Original and French translation of the Declaration of Community Directives and disciplinary record issued by the Nursing board for the last 3 months

• Curriculum vitae of the applicant in French

• written for our Belgian agent Authorization can deal with SPF to name candidate

Please send all these documents with the form by registered mail to the following address:

SPF Santé Post

Cellule des Professionnels Mobilité Internationale des Soins de Santé (Bureau 00 D007)

Place Victor Horta, 40 boîte 10



After three weeks you will receive your case number that must communicate. The recognition process will take 3 months.


Other Healthcare Professionals


HCPC – The Health & Care Professions Council

In order to be able to practice in the UK as:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Chiropodist
  • Dietitian
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Radiographer
  • Speech Therapist
  • Audiologist
  • (Among other professions)

You must register and be part of regulatory body in the UK, the HCPC (Healthcare Professionals Council):

Only in the case of Speech Therapists there is the requirement of sitting an English proficiency IELTS test and pass the exam with an overall score of 8, not lower than 7.5 in each test component. In case of other professionals, it is not necessary to sit for the English proficiency exam.

On this page you will find:

  • Guide to registration
  • Application form, for you to download and fill in

You must also gather the following documentation:

  • certified copy of ID card or citizen card
  • character reference (part of the application form)
  • certified copy of passport or driving license
  • certified copy and certified translation in English of marriage certificate, if applicable and changed name
  • certified and certified translation in the course Diploma in English and post-graduate courses where applicable copy
  • Course Information Form completed by your University
  • certified copy of the criminal record (note that this document is only valid for 3 months)
  • certified copy and certified translation in English declaration of certificate of current professional status from the Board or Regulatory Body which regulates your profession in your country of origin
  • certified copy and certified translation in English of the professional license, if applicable
  • at least one professional reference form filled in (part of the application form). It must include two references of the last two employers, or one must be a tutor / course supervisor, in case first situation does not apply.
  • On the criteria for professional references should refer to:

On the criteria for the character reference:

On the payment of fees for registration should visit:

To evaluate your registration process, the HCPC asks for a fee payment, also added the costs associated with certified copies and certified translations into English. There is also the payment of the bi-annual quotas. Note that fees might be reviewed upwards or downwards every year.

The registration process, after you send all documentation, and if all documents are accepted, usually takes from 3 to 4 months to be concluded.

General Dental Council – GDC

To practice in the UK as a dentist is strictly necessary to subscribing to the General Dental Council.

Access to start the registration. Click in Registration Questionnaire ‘and answered the questions. You will then have access to the document ‘Registration Form’.

Along with the forms you must to send the payment of the annual fee, the amount of which varies depending on the month. For verification of fixed rates for the current year, please see the website of GDC. Jointly with the form and payment you must submit the following documentation:

• Certified copy of passport or other valid identification document;

• Copy and certified translation of the training course certificate;

• Copy and certified translation of a document showing that your training course is recognized by the European Union and ‘Statement of Good Character’, both documents to be issued by the Board of Dentist in your country.

If you proceed the payments by check, you must to write your full name on the back.

The GDC can take up to 6 weeks to complete the registration.

GPhc – General Pharmaceutical Council

This information is concerning Candidates from European Economic Area

Are you an EU Pharmacist looking to develop your carer in the UK? Here you can find a comprehensive, step-by-step, guide on how to get registered with General Pharmaceutical Council in the United Kingdom.

1st Stage

The candidate downloads and completes the application pack, gathering all documentation required for registration, and proceeds to the payment of Scrutiny fee (£ 109) (usually using credit card), including an additional fee for credit card payments.

Documents to attach to the Application Pack and send to GPhC

Address to which to send application and documentation:

EEA Applications

Applications Team 2

General Pharmaceutical Council

25 Canada Square


E14 5LQ

United Kingdom

Documents to be gathered and sent by the candidate:

  • Certified copy and certified translation of the Diploma (Diploma Supplement are not accepted)
  • Certified copy of passport or citizen card
  • Certificate of marriage or birth in case there was a name change
  • Certified copy and certified translation of the professional license card
  • International Birth Certificate
  • Criminal record in English
  • passport like photograph (neutral color background, neutral expression, no smile, face completely uncovered and clear) to be stapled in the upper right of page 12 of the application pack, on section 3. Photograph certification handwritten by a Referee is required on the back of the photograph. The referee must write:

“I certify that this is a true likeness of [your full name], Pharmacist”, then sign as in passport or citizen card, and then date

  • The photo must be signed by someone who knows you for at least 2 years, and it must be someone of good character in the community, i.e. a pharmacist already registered in the GPhC, a university teacher, a solicitor, lawyer, doctor, etc. The person may not have family relationship with you or share the same address.

Documents to be sent directly by the competent authorities:

Statement of Good Standing of your home countries Pharmacist Board or Regulator, and to all boards/regulators in all countries you were registered/worked in the last 5 years. Example: In case of Portugal, just send an email to your Regional Section, requesting the statement issuing, which is a free service and carried out in 24 hours
Upon receiving your application pack and documentation, GPhC will start review process, e.g. “uploading” your registration process in the system. This stage typically takes up to 1 to 2 weeks.

2nd Stage

Upon acceptance of the application, GPhC contacts the candidate via email with the request payment of the annual fee: registration fee (currently worth £ 106). The reviewing process for registration usually takes up to 28 working days. If any document is missing or incorrect, the GPhC will contact you via email.

3rd Stage

After acceptance of the registration, GPhC sends the applicant’s request payment of the first annual membership fee (currently worth £ 250), via email, and finally the license and number are issued. The candidate should check membership online here, section “Search the register”:

On the costs associated with the registration process (Fees):

Document instructions and initial form:

Notes on completing the Application Pack and documentation:

  • Use black pen and UPPERCASE lettering
  • Any document which is not in English, must be accompanied by a certified translation in English
  • All photocopies must be certified
  • You can get certified copies and certified translations at a notary, lawyer, or solicitor
  • The translator must issue a statement in English signed and stamped by himself/herself
  • Certified documents are valid for 6 months
  • Criminal record is usually valid for 3 months
  • The translator must stamp each translated document and sign and date with the statement ” this is a true and accurate translation”, and attach the translation to the original language document or provide a list of the documents translated.
  • The certification must be in English and must contain the phrase “I certify that I have seen the original document and that this is a true copy”

Note that the costs associated with registration with the GPhC are usually reviewed annually and that may have been updated to the date of publication of this guide. We recommend the use of credit card for fee payments. With proper authorization, you can use a credit card for which you’re not the holder.


PSI – The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

To practice in Ireland as a pharmacist is strictly necessary to subscribing to The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. Access to start the registration.

To start the registration you must first request the ‘Application Pack’ using the following e-mail: [email protected] The form, when completed, should be sent to the PSI, by registered mail, along with the following documentation:

• Certified copy of the passport;

• Certified copy of international birth certificate;

• A photography (passport type);

• Statement showing that the training course is approved in accordance with the directives of the European Union and ‘Statement of Good Character’, both documents have to be issued and the sent directly to the PSI by the Pharmaceutical Board Authority of your country.

• Statement of “Fit to work” by the family doctor;

• Copy and certified translations of the training course certificate;

If proceed to payments by check, invariably enter your full name on the back.

To successfully complete the registration, you will need to make the payment of the registration fee, the value for the current year is fixed at € 570. This payment will only be viable if paid by cheque or credit card.



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