Nurses, midwives and nursing associates trained abroad

If nurses, midwives and nursing associates are trained in countries outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) and have been admitted to our register, you can be sure that we have been able to check the education of the new registrants.

We will also have been able to verify their good character and language competence (either by means of an English-language test or because they trained in English or practised in a majority English-speaking country).

Nurses and midwives from the EU or EEA

EEA countries include the 28 member states of the EU, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The same rules also apply to Switzerland.

The process of recognising qualifications from the EU and EEA is governed by strict legislation based on the principle of freedom of movement.

If nurses, midwives and nursing associates are trained within the EU/EEA and have been admitted to our register, you can be sure that we have been able to check the education of the new registrants. We will also have been able to verify their good character and language competence (either by means of an English-language test or because they trained in English or practised in a majority English-speaking country).

Due to EU regulations, we cannot:

  • request transcripts of training or test the knowledge of applicants trained within the EU or EEA who meet EU requirements for direct entry to the register
  • check whether a nurse or midwife who meets the EU requirements for direct entry to the register has undertaken any professional experience since they originally qualified, regardless of how long ago they qualified

Your duty as an employer

As an employer, you have a duty to ensure that the people you employ are qualified for the position in which you want to place them. Always make sure the person you’re employing is competent and has the skills required for the specific job role.

EU legislation does not prevent you as the employer from assuring yourselves that the nurse, midwife or nursing associate you recruit is competent, safe to practise, has up-to-date and contemporary knowledge and has the necessary language and communication skills. It is your responsibility to ensure that your recruitment systems are robust and only those applicants who are able to carry out the full duties of a nurse, midwife or nursing associate are employed to these roles.