European qualifications in General Practice or Family Medicine

European doctors and entry to the GP Register

You may be eligible for direct entry to the GP Register if you are an EEA or Swiss national and hold a GP qualification that is acceptable for mutual recognition.

Brexit and how it may impact you

During the transition period until 31 December 2020

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and has now entered an 11 month transition period which ends on 31 December 2020. The current registration process for EEA and Swiss doctors will not change for the duration of the transition period. The registration process for doctors with UK qualifications going to the EEA and Switzerland should also remain unchanged.

If you are a doctor from the EEA or Switzerland, and already hold registration with the GMC, your registration status is unlikely to be affected. The GMC will contact you if they think your registration status may be affected by Brexit. Please visit the GMC website for more information on Brexit. 

What happens after 1 January 2021

What happens after 1 January 2021 will depend on the outcome of the negotiations between the UK and the EU. 

In the event the UK does not reach a deal with the EU, legislation made in 2019 will allow automatic recognition of doctors with EEA and Swiss qualifications. Under the new system, doctors holding an EEA or Swiss qualification listed under Annex V of the Recognition of Professional Qualifications directive (Directive 2005/36/EC) will have direct entry to the GMC’s medical and GP Registers, regardless of nationality. More information is available in the explanatory memorandum.

If no deal is reached with the EU, doctors with UK qualifications going to the EEA and Switzerland to practise will be subject to the national policies and rules of each member state. Directive 2005/36/EC will no longer apply and UK qualifications will not be automatically recognised. 


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