Transposition of revised Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Directive 2005/36/EC – Amendments to the health and care regulators legislation

Closed 21 Jan 2016

Opened 10 Dec 2015


By 2020 there will be 16 million more jobs in the EU requiring highly skilled professionals[1] such as healthcare professionals. To meet this demand, it is essential that the mechanism to recognise qualifications of mobile professionals is fast and effective.

The introduction of the original Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Directive (the Directive) made it easier for skilled professionals, including healthcare professionals, to move around Europe. This benefits the UK by giving us greater access to a skilled labour market and by allowing UK residents more freedom to pursue their chosen careers across the EU. Note that this Directive only covers those professionals who are fully qualified to practise a profession in one Member State and who wish to practise the same profession in another Member State.

The recent revision of the Directive has introduced important changes that should speed up the process and bring in additional safeguards. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is the lead Department for the Directive which covers a number of different professions, including those from the healthcare sector.

BIS have undertaken two consultations focusing on the changes that impact on all professions (including healthcare professions) covered by the Directive. The results of these consultations can be found on the Gov.UK website[2].

The Department of Health (the Department) has been working closely with officials in BIS throughout the implementation period to ensure that the changes are carried out in a way that does not affect patient safety. Where the regulators still have concerns in relation to the implementation of provisions (mainly around the provisions covered by the BIS consultation) we will continue to work with the regulators to address these. The focus of this document is to consult on the drafting of the Regulations which transpose the Directive for the UK health and care professions where amendments to their governing UK primary and secondary legislation are necessary, whilst also seeking views on the proposed Department of Health guidance for the healthcare regulators and comments on any potential impacts of implementation. This consultation has been issued on behalf of the four UK Health Departments and the outcome will be reported to all UK health Ministers.


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Information we receive, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information regimes (primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).


If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department.


The Department will process your personal data in accordance with the DPA and in most circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

[1] European Commission memo, ‘Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive – frequently asked questions’, 9 October 2013



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