European legislation

The Medical Act 1983 is the main piece of legislation governing our work.

However, we also have to comply with the relevant European legislation affecting medical regulation.

Directive 2005/36/EC

The main European legislation is Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. This sets out our obligations for recognising the medical qualifications held by doctors from within the European Economic Area (EEA). This directive has now been amended by Directive 2013/55/EU.

In order to introduce Directive 2005/36/EC into UK law, it was necessary to transpose the Directive in UK statutory regulations. These regulations have the force of law. The regulations are:

The relevant sections of these regulations have now been incorporated into the Medical Act 1983.

The UK government has until 18 January 2016 to transpose the rules of the new Directive 2013/55/EU into UK law.