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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.

Following the December 2019 UK election, it is anticipated that the UK will leave the EU at 11pm on 31 January 2020 and that a 'deal' with the EU will have been agreed.

The information that follows is based on the best information we have when this page was published (14 January 2020). It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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

  • Yes. If you are registered with HCPC before 11pm 31 January 2020, you will automatically remain on our register after Brexit, whatever your nationality or where you qualified.

  • Yes. Whilst the UK will leave the EU on 31 January, there will be 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 Brexit

  • Yes. Whilst the UK will leave the EU on 31 January, there will be 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 ‘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 leaves the EU without a 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: 14/01/2020
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