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Implications of Brexit for registrants and applicants

The HCPC continues to work closely with government to understand the implications and to ensure that the impact on existing registrants and applicants for registration is minimised.

On 31 January 2020 the UK exited the EU. We are now in an implementation period (known by the EU as a transition period), with the UK Government in negotiation with the EU on a future trade agreement.

The information that follows is based on the best information we have when this page was published (4 February 2020). It will be updated as more information becomes available.

FAQs for professionals who are currently applying to the Register or are already registered

  • If you were registered with HCPC before 11pm 31 January 2020, you have automatically remained on our register, whatever your nationality or where you qualified.

  • Yes. Whilst the UK left the EU on 31 January, there is an implementation period (known as a transition period by the EU) which is likely to run until 31 December 2020.

    Throughout this period we will operate as if we were members of the EU and our processes will continue as normal. We expect that the terms will ensure that the requirements of the European Mutual Recognition (EMR) scheme will continue to apply during this period, allowing EU, EEA and Swiss nationals to apply as at present.

    If we receive an EMR application during the implementation period (between 31 January and 31 December 2020) we will continue to process it.

FAQs for those wishing to join the Register after the implementation period

  • Yes. Whilst the UK left the EU on 31 January, there is an implementation period (known as a transition period by the EU) which is likely to run until 31 December 2020.

    Throughout this period we will operate as if we were members of the EU and our processes will continue as normal. We expect that the terms will ensure that the requirements of the European Mutual Recognition (EMR) scheme will continue to apply during this period, allowing EU, EEA and Swiss nationals to apply as at present.

    If we receive an EMR application during the implementation period (between 31 January and 31 December 2020) we will continue to process it.

  • If the UK leaves the EU with a ‘trade deal’, we expect that our registration and application processes will remain unchanged during any implementation period. We expect, but cannot guarantee, that the terms will ensure that the requirements of the European Mutual Recognition scheme will continue to apply during this period, allowing EU, EEA and Swiss nationals to apply as at present.

  • In the event that the UK in unable to negotiate a trade deal with the EU and chooses to exit the implementation period with 'no deal', then the European Mutual Recognition scheme will no longer apply.

    Unless other arrangements are put in place, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will need to apply using the International Route for people with a qualification issued outside of the UK. We aim to complete applications within 60 days of receipt. Find out more about the international application process.

  • It is the nationality of your qualification which determines the application route you use. The questions above explain the implications if we leave with or without a deal. 

Page updated on: 04/02/2020
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