What is EMR?
EMR stands for European 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 EMR must apply through this route, rather than an 'international' application, as they are subject to a different law.
Who can apply via EMR
You can apply for registration via EMR if you meet the following conditions.
- You must be a citizen of a ‘relevant European state’ (an EEA Member State or Switzerland), or an exempt individual who is treated as citizen (e.g. by virtue of marriage);
- You must be fully qualified to practise a relevant profession in a relevant European state (other than the UK) and, if the profession is not regulated in that state, to have practised there for at least one out of the last ten years;
- You must have qualified in a relevant European state or hold qualifications obtained outside of the EEA or Switzerland which have been recognised in a relevant European state. (If the latter, you must also have practised the profession in that state for at least three years.)
How to apply via EMR
The EMR application process follows the format of the international applications process. The skills, education and training you submit via the EMR application forms are assessed by Registration Assessors, who make a decision within 60 working days.
Relevant European states
AT - Austria
ES - Spain
LV - Latvia
More information about EMR and qualifications
The mutual recognition of professional qualifications is governed by Directive 2005/36/EC. In the context of the professions we regulate, this promotes free movement within the EU and aids the process of establishment. You’ll need to quote this directive when applying, appealing or submitting information. It is also quoted when we set the terms of a POA, and in any letters of good standing and letters of legal establishment that we send to support registrants’ practice overseas.
Applying with the EPC (European Professional Card)
What the EPC is, who is eligible for it and how to apply with it
If you still have a question about international applications, please contact our Registration team:
Phone (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)
0300 500 4472 - UK calls
+44 (0)20 7582 5460 - International calls