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Criteria

This criteria applies to applicants for full or provisional registration with a break in practice in the last 5 years, who are EEA nationals (or exempt persons) with a non-European qualification.

The criteria does not apply to UK applicants, international medical graduates or EEA nationals (or exempt persons) with a European qualification.  

Time since graduation Total amount of practice since graduation (does not need to be continuous) Practice in the last 12 months
 0–6 months No practice required No requirement
 7 months up to 2 years  Must have practised for 60% of the time since graduation in a full time role  No Requirement
 Between 2 years and 5 years Must have practised for 60% of the time since graduation in a full time role 6 months minimum
 Over 5 years ago Must have practised for 60% of the last five years in a full time role 12 months minimum
  1. This table above provides a guide for decision makers, and should be considered in order to reach a fair and consistent decision. However the decision maker should not be fettered by the criteria and has discretion to depart from it where they have a good reason for doing so.
  2. Decision makers may request further information, or obtain advice from a Registration Panel in order to make their decision.
  3. Applicants with a break in practice in the last five years which does not align with the criteria set out above can submit evidence detailed in the guidance to demonstrate that they have mitigated the break in practice. The decision maker may take that evidence into account when making their decision.
  4. The revised criteria and guidance takes account of breaks in practice due to maternity or paternity leave or ill health, to ensure applicants with those circumstances will not be disadvantaged.