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Published 1 August 2018
Directive 2005/36 EC* governs the system of recognition of professional qualifications in the EU. The directive provides a system of recognition of professional experience and promotes automatic recognition of professional experience across the EU. The directive applies to a number of professions including for example, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, midwives and dentists.
On 21 June 2018, the EU Commission published a notice to stakeholders in relation to the “Withdrawal Of The United Kingdom And EU Rules In The Field Of Regulated Professions And The Recognition Of Professional Qualifications”. A copy of the notice can be found here.
The notice provides information on the impact Brexit will have on the recognition of professional qualifications.
The Commission notice analyses the legal consequences of the UK's withdrawal on regulated professions and recognition of professional qualifications.
The Commission published the notice in view of the “considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement”. The aim of the notice is also to remind persons who need recognition of their professional qualifications of the legal repercussions that need to be considered when the UK becomes a third country.
The Commission has advised that unless a transitional arrangement is agreed with the UK, that as of the withdrawal date that the EU rules in relation to the recognition of qualifications will no longer apply to the UK. The Commission further advised that unless another date is agreed, the rules will cease to apply from 30 March 2019 (the “withdrawal date”) as this is the date that the UK will become a third country.
The Commission has advised that this will have the following consequences:
If you have any queries in relation to the Commission Notice or in relation to the recognition of professional qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.
*as amended by Directive 2013/55/EC
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