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Visiting European professionals

European professionals can sign a declaration to provide temporary and occasional services in the UK

Professionals established in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, practising in one of the professions we regulate, can make a declaration to provide temporary and occasional services in the UK.

We do not assess the professional knowledge and skills of these professionals against our standards of proficiency, so there are some limitations on how they can practise whilst in the UK.

 

  • practise on a temporary and occasional basis only;
  • use their home State professional title in a language of that State;
  • practise within the scope of their home State profession; and
  • either renew their declaration or apply for HCPC registration if they want to practise in the UK for more than one year.
  • use any of the designated titles that are protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001;
  • practise in the UK on an established basis, for example by taking a full-time permanent position; and
  • perform temporary work (such as agency or locum work) where the job title for the post uses one of those designated titles.
Countries covered by the agreement
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

The declaration is valid for one year but professionals can renew their declaration. However, we may ask for more information about the nature of their practice in these cases. If a professional wants to practise their profession in the UK, they must apply to join the Register. 

This provision is governed by the European Union Regulations 2015 (recognition of professional qualifications), which gives effect in the UK to the EU Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC).

Page updated on: 20/06/2018
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