The European Commission published a Notice

on 21 June 2018 in relation to the withdrawal of

the United Kingdom and the EU rules in relation

to the recognition of professional qualifications.

The Commission has advised that, subject to any

transitional arrangement that may be contained in

a possible withdrawal agreement with the UK, the

EU rules in relation to recognition of professional

qualifications will no longer apply to the UK.

This has the following consequences:

From 30 March 2019, (‘the withdrawal date’), the

UK will become a ‘third country’ and UK nationals will

be ‘third country’ nationals. Unless another date is

agreed with the UK, EU rules regarding recognition

of professional qualifications will no longer apply to

the UK as of the withdrawal date.

Decisions on the recognition of professional

qualifications obtained in the UK taken before

the withdrawal date will not be affected by Brexit,

meaning a pharmacist who qualified in the UK and is

now registered in Ireland remains registered.

As of the Withdrawal Date:

n The recognition of professional qualifications of

UK nationals in an EU-27 Member State will be

governed by the national policies and rules of

that Member State.

For EU nationals, qualifications obtained in

the UK as of the withdrawal date are third

country qualifications for the purpose of

EU law. Recognition will be governed by the

national policies and rules of each of the

EU-27 Member States.

Official EU Advice:

EU-27 nationals holding UK professional qualifications

obtained before the withdrawal date should consult

the relevant national authorities to assess whether it

is advisable to obtain, before the withdrawal date, the

recognition of those UK professional qualifications in

an EU-27 Member State.

In view of the uncertainties and, in particular, the

content of a possible withdrawal agreement, the

Irish Pharmacy Union, as the representative body

for community pharmacists in Ireland, urges Irish

pharmacists and pharmacy students in the UK, and

all UK pharmacists who may wish to work in Ireland

in the future, to take immediate steps to ensure

that their qualification is recognised post-Brexit

by registering with the Pharmaceutical Society of

Ireland (www.thepsi.ie) before the withdrawal date.

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