The departure of the UK from the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019 will potentially impact on registrants or applicants for registration from other EU member states.
The HCPC is continuing to work closely with all four UK governments to understand the implications for registrants, and to ensure that the impact on existing registrants and applicants for registration is minimised.
The situation is still uncertain, and the information that follows is based on the best information we have when this page was published on 13 March 2019. It will be updated as more information becomes available.
What if someone with an EU recognised qualification is on the HCPC Register before the UK leaves the EU?
Brexit will have no impact on anyone who is on our Register by 11pm (UK time) on 29 March. If you are on our Register by then, your registration will continue as before.
What will happen if I apply for registration before the UK leaves the EU?
Any application for registration received by the HCPC before 11pm (UK time) on 29 March will be processed in the usual way. Applicants from EU member states will be able to apply by taking advantage of the European Mutual Recognition (EMR) scheme, even though they may not actually join the register until after Brexit has taken place.
Anyone whose application is received after 11pm (UK time) on 29 March will have to apply under the post Brexit regime.
What if there is a deal before 29 March?
If the UK leaves the EU with a ‘deal’, we expect that our registration and application processes will remain unchanged. We further expect that the terms of any deal will ensure that the requirements of the EMR are upheld, and so applicants for registration from other EU, EEA members or Switzerland will be able to apply as at present. We will update with further information when we have it.
What if there is ‘no deal’ after 29 March?
If the UK leaves the EU with ‘no deal’, then applicants for registration with an EU/EEA or Swiss issued qualification will no longer be able to take advantage of the EMR scheme. Instead, they will need to apply using the International Route for people with a qualification issued outside of the UK.