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Evidence of qualifications - Ireland

This page is to explain what evidence of qualifications doctors who qualified in Ireland need to supply to support their application.

Medical regulatory authority in Ireland

The Medical Council
Kingram House
Kingram Place
Dublin 2
Republic of Ireland
Tel: +353 1498 3100
Fax: +353 1498 3102
Website: www.medicalcouncil.ie

Below is information about:

Provisional registration with a licence to practise

Details of your graduation and award of your primary medical qualification should have been forwarded to the GMC by your university, so it is unlikely that you will need to supply your original primary medical qualification. However, if we have not been supplied with the details of your primary medical qualification by your university we will advise you if this is required when assessing your application.

Full registration with a licence to practise

If you have previously held provisional registration you need to send us:

A Certificate of Full Registration with the Medical Council of Ireland.
To apply for full registration with a licence to practise if you have previously held provisional registration and completed your internship in the UK we need to see:

A Certificate of Experience form completed a designated representative. Your Certificate of Experience will be sent to us directly from your Foundation School. Please see our contact points for completing Certificates of Experience.

If you have not previously held provisional registration the documents you need to send us depend on the date you began training. Please see the table below.

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your basic medical training on 20 December 1976 or later
  • A Certificate of Full Registration
Medical Council of Ireland
You began your basic medical training before 20 December 1976
  • A Certificate of Full Registration

    AND EITHER
Medical Council of Ireland
Medical Council of Ireland
  • A document confirming you have effectively and lawfully been engaged in actual medical practice for at least three consecutive years during the five years preceding the award of the certificate (as detailed in Article 23.1 of the Directive)
Medical Council of Ireland, or the competent authority of the EEA Member State or Switzerland where you are now working

Details of your graduation and award of your primary medical qualification should have been forwarded to the GMC by your university, so it is unlikely that you will need to supply your original primary medical qualification. However, if we have not been supplied with the details of your primary medical qualification by your university we will advise you if this is required when assessing your application.

Applying for entry onto the Specialist Register

You must hold full registration with the GMC before being eligible for entry onto the Specialist Register.

Direct entry

Your specialty must be listed in Annex V of the Directive by the country that awarded it and have a corresponding entry for the United Kingdom. If you are eligible for direct entry onto the Specialist Register, as set out below, and you do not already hold full registration, you should apply for full registration with a licence to practise and entry onto the Specialist Register at the same time.

The documents you need to send us for entry onto the Specialist Register depend on the date you started your specialist training:

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your specialist training on 20 December 1976 or later
  • A Certificate of Specialist Doctor
Medical Council of Ireland
You began your specialist training before 20 December 1976
  • A Certificate of Specialist Doctor

    AND EITHER
Medical Council of Ireland
  • A document confirming that the training leading to the award of your specialist certificate meets the standards detailed in Articles 25, 26 and 27 as appropriate of the Directive

    OR
Medical Council of Ireland
  • If your specialist training does not meet those standards we will need a document confirming that you have been practising in the specialty in which your specialist certificate was awarded for at least three consecutive years during the five years preceding the award of the certificate (as detailed in Article 23.1 of the Directive)
Medical Council of Ireland, or the competent authority of the EEA Member State or Switzerland where you are now working

Equivalence

If you do not fulfil the above criteria you should complete an application for full registration first and tell us what specialist qualifications you do have. We will assess your application for full registration and review your specialist qualifications.

If you are not eligible for direct entry onto the Specialist Register we will refer you to our Specialist Applications Team once your full registration has been granted.

The team will tell you whether you are eligible to apply for entry onto the Specialist Register through specialty equivalence and advise you on what to do next.

See more guidance on specialty equivalence.

Applying for entry onto the GP Register

To be entered onto the GP Register you must also hold full registration.

Direct entry

If you are eligible for direct entry onto the GP Register, as set out below, and you do not already hold full registration, you should apply for full registration with a licence to practise and entry onto the GP Register at the same time.

The documents you need to send us for entry onto the GP Register depend on the date you started your GP training:

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your GP training on 31 December 1994 or later
  • A certificate of specific qualifications in general medical practice
Medical Council of Ireland
You began your GP training before 31 December 1994
  • A certificate of specific qualifications in general medical practice

    AND
Medical Council of Ireland
  • A document confirming that the training leading to the award of your GP certificate meets the standards detailed in Article 28 of the Directive

    OR
Medical Council of Ireland
If you are eligible for entry onto the GP register, on the basis of acquired rights specific to general practitioners, you will need to send to us:

  • A certificate of acquired rights for general medical practice. The certificate must state that it was awarded to you in accordance with Article 30(1) of the Directive.
Medical Council of Ireland

Equivalence

If you do not fulfil the above criteria you should complete an application for full registration first and tell us what general practice qualifications you do have. We will assess your application for full registration and review your general practice qualifications.

If you are not eligible for direct entry onto the GP Register we will refer you to our Specialist Applications Team once your full registration has been granted.

The team will tell you whether you are eligible to apply for entry onto the GP Register through specialty equivalence and advise you on what to do next.

See more guidance on specialty equivalence.

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