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BREXIT - The new guide to GMC Registration for EU Doctors

  • January 15, 2021


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 main change that BREXIT has had on GMC Registration is that nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA) no longer benefit from automatic recognition of professional qualifications.

This Blog Article aims to provide a brief summary of the key changes that BREXIT has had on the routes to GMC registration. For full information about the different routes to registration, dependant on your individual circumstances, please use the GMC’s online route finder.

The route you take to GMC Registration, or rather the extra steps you may need to now take, depend on your medical qualifications – not your nationality.

Doctors with EEA or Swiss Primary Medical Qualifications

If you have an EEA or Swiss primary medical qualification and you're applying for registration in the UK, you will need to firstly double check whether your qualification is recognised as a ‘relevant European Qualification’. You can find out if your qualification is classified as a ‘relevant European qualification’ by using the list of GMC accepted EEA and Swiss qualifications online and selecting the country where you qualified. If your Primary Medical Qualification can be found on the list, then the General Medical Council can accept them as evidence of your knowledge and skills for your registration.

What do I do if my Qualification is not on the relevant European Qualification list?

If your EEA or Swiss Medical Qualification is not listed as a relevant European Qualification, you will need to use a different route to GMC Registration. You can choose to take either:

  1. The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) Test
  2. An Acceptable post-graduate qualification accepted by the GMC

In addition to the above, you will also be required to give evidence of your knowledge of English and have your Medical Qualifications independently verified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.


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