Working in the EU

What a nurse or midwife needs to do to work in the EU

How to apply for an EU verification certificate

If you trained as a nurse or midwife in the UK and would like to work in another EU/EEA country, you may be able to have your qualification recognised abroad.

The EU Directive 2005/36 explains how EU member states recognise the professional qualifications of those wanting to relocate and what should be considered in the decision-making process.

Registering your qualification

In order to register your qualification in an EU member state, you will need to register with the relevant licensing or registration authority in that country/state. Member states may request a certificate of current professional status, certificate of compliance or simply a certificate verifying your professional status as a nurse or midwife with us. We refer to this as a verification certificate.

Fill in the EU verification certificate form to request an application pack for a certificate.

Please also add any specific information related to your professional status that you want to include in your verification certificate. You may want to refer to our information on routes to recognition.

When you have submitted an application you will receive a confirmation email within 15 days, with a link on how you can make your payment of £34 using our quick pay option online. Details of how to pay will be included in your confirmation email.

On the application form you have the option to request up to five verification certificates to be sent to different authorities. Should you make more requests or request another after your completed application is received you will need to pay an additional fee.

When we have processed your application fee, we will issue your verification certificate within 15 days. Processing will take longer if we need to obtain employment references to support your request. Please make sure that you provide employment information as part of your application if required.

Applying for a European Professional Card (EPC)

The European professional card (EPC) has been set up to further facilitate the free movement of professionals in the EU. The card aims to simplify the recognition of professional qualifications, enhance transparency for EU citizens and increase trust among authorities across the EU.

From 18 January 2016, the EPC will be available for nurses responsible for general care, pharmacists, physiotherapists, mountain guides and real estate agents.

If you wish to apply for a European professional card (EPC) please refer to the information on the EU website:

More information

Contact details for the EU Member State nursing authorities