Consultation outcome

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications in healthcare

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Detail of outcome

The consultation response outlines the changes relevant to health professions, specifically on the drafting of the regulations which will amend the UK health and care professions’ primary and secondary legislation.

The consultation focused on a number of areas:

  • proposed legislative changes
  • content and minimum standards of training
  • the EPC
  • the alert mechanism
  • guidance
  • impact on protected characteristics
  • monetary impacts

35 responses were received. The document sets out a summary of these responses, which have informed the final drafting of the department’s regulations.

Original consultation


Seeks views on legislation needed to introduce changes set out in the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MPRQ) Directive.

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Consultation description

The revised Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Directive has brought in a number of changes that aim to further facilitate the free movement of professionals within the EU.

This consultation sets out the changes that are specific to the sectoral health professions (nurses, midwives, pharmacists, doctors and dentists). It seeks views on the draft legislation that is needed to implement the changes and any potential impacts of the implementation. It also sets out a number of the cross-sector changes that were covered in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills consultation of March 2015 but that will impact on the health and care professional regulators.


Published 10 December 2015
Last updated 25 October 2016 + show all updates
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