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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.

At the time of writing the situation is uncertain, with a potential ‘no deal’ exit from the European Union at 11pm on 31 January.

The information that follows is based on the best information we have when this page was published (4 November 2019). 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 are registered with the HCPC before the Brexit date, you will automatically remain on our Register after Brexit.

  • If there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit, we will no longer be able to process applications via the European Mutual Recognition (EMR) scheme – a scheme which allows professional qualifications to be recognised across EU member states, EEA states and Switzerland. Instead, applicants will need to use the international application process – this requires further information and takes a little longer to process.

    In this scenario, anyone who has made an EMR application prior to 11pm on 31 October will be able to complete their application using this route.

    Anyone who makes an EMR application after this date will be asked to re-apply via the international route. 

    If you are applying via the EPC application route, you will need to get your application to us as soon as possible. This is because, in the event of a no deal, we expect to lose access to the European Union’s IMI system where EPC applications are held. We will endeavour to process applications received this way prior to Brexit day, but may not be able to do so if UK access to the IMI system is withdrawn.

FAQs for those wishing to join the Register after Brexit

  • If the UK leaves the EU with a ‘deal’, we expect that our registration and application processes will remain unchanged during any transition 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 any transition period, allowing EU, EEA and Swiss nationals to apply as at present.

  • If 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.

Page updated on: 01/10/2019
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