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Applying for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register

Unregistered doctors who are nationals of a country in the EEA, or Switzerland and want to work as specialists or GPs in the UK - your next steps

Automatic Mutual recognition

If you are an EEA national and have a specialist or GP qualification that is acceptable for automatic mutual recognition in the UK, you can apply immediately for full registration with a licence to practise and entry onto the Specialist Register or the GP Register.

To be acceptable for automatic mutual recognition your specialist or GP qualification must be listed in Annex V of The Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications for the country in which you obtained the qualification. In addition to this, the specialty must have a corresponding entry for the United Kingdom.

See automatic mutual recognition legislation (opens in a new window)

Find out how to apply in our Registration Applications section (opens in a new window).

Other specialists and GPs

If you do not have a qualification which is acceptable for mutual recognition and you want to work in the UK health services as a fixed term, substantive or honorary consultant or as a GP, you will need to apply for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register and award of a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist (CESR) or GP Registration (CEGPR) through the specialty equivalence route.

Before you can apply for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register through the specialty equivalence route, you need to hold full registration with us. You can find guidance on how to apply for registration in our Registration Applications section.

If you want to find out what is involved in applying through the specialty equivalence route, you can read the guidance for applying by clicking one of the links below, but please remember, you will need to be registered before you apply.

  1. 1. I am a specialist; I want to read the guidance for entry onto the Specialist Register 
  2. 2. I am a GP; I want to read the guidance for entry onto the GP Register