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Unsuccessful applications

If you are an international applicant and your application is unsuccessful, you may be able to appeal the decision. 

Find out about appeals


SMR applications

If you applied through SMR, your choices are different. If you're a national of a relevant European state, or have acquired the rights of that state (for example through marriage), and are entitled to practice in that state, you will be required to complete a period of adaptation or an aptitude test to rectify shortfalls in your knowledge or experience.


Period of adaptation (POA)

This is required if, having assessed your application, we found that there are significant areas of your skills, knowledge and experience that do not meet our standards of proficiency. The period of adaptation can be completed under a supervised practice and/or by undertaking academic training intended to make up for the shortfalls.

More about periods of adaptation


Appealing a POA decision

You may appeal the POA outcome of your application, but you must do so within 28 days from the date of the decision letter.

More about POA appeals


Aptitude tests

If you disagree with the requirement of completing a POA, you can request an aptitude test instead. This is a test of your knowledge relating to the shortfalls identified in your application, and it can take different forms depending on the nature of the shortfalls. The form is described in your Record of Assessment.

To take the test you'll need to contact our Registration team within three months from the date of the decision letter. Tests are free of charge and usually take place in our London offices.

More about aptitude tests


Need help?

If you still have a question about international applications, please contact our International team:

More contact options are available on the team's contact page.

Page updated on: 29/10/2018