What is SMR?
SMR stands for Swiss Mutual Recognition, a scheme that makes sure professional qualifications are recognised across EU member states. For applicants who trained outside the UK, this entitles them to periods of adaptation if their application is unsuccessful.
Applicants who trained outside the UK and are eligible for SMR must apply through this route, rather than an 'international' application, as they are subject to a different law.
Who can apply via SMR
To be eligible to apply for registration based on mutual recognition under the Swiss Citizens Rights Agreement you must be:
- A Swiss national.
- A non-EEA member state national who is the spouse or dependant of a Swiss national.
- A UK national settled in Switzerland.
- A non-EEA member state national who is the spouse or dependant of UK nationals settled in Switzerland.
- Your qualification was obtained in the EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020
- You hold a third country qualification that is recognised in Switzerland by 31 December 2020
- You have completed an application to have your qualification recognised in Switzerland by 31 December 2020
How to apply via SMR
The SMR application process follows the format of the international applications process. The skills, education and training you submit via the SMR application forms are assessed by Registration Assessors, who make a decision within 60 working days.
Applying with the EPC (European Professional Card)
What the EPC is, who is eligible for it and how to apply with it