Brexit – Guide to registration for doctors

Now the Brexit transition period has ended, the registration process for some doctors with non-UK qualifications has changed. This follows the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The type of application and evidence needed for registration depends on your medical qualifications, rather than nationality. Nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA) no longer benefit from automatic recognition of professional qualifications.

There are also changes for UK doctors who want to work in the EEA.

This guide provides a brief summary of the key changes for different types of registration. For full information about our routes to registration, please use our route finder.

Where we refer to the EEA, this includes all countries within the EU as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

As the UK and Switzerland have signed a Citizens’ Rights Agreement, qualifying Swiss applicants can apply for registration in much the same way as they did before the transition period ended, for at least the next four years. Those covered by the agreement include Swiss nationals, UK nationals with Swiss qualifications or UK nationals who are established in Switzerland, and family members of Swiss nationals.

You can find out more on our qualifying Swiss applicants guide.

Who is this guide for?
Doctors with non-UK qualifications who want to join our register.
What will it help you with? 
This guide will give doctors with non-UK qualifications an overview of what they will need to do to register with us.