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What is the temporary provision of services and who is eligible to make a declaration?


What is the temporary provision of services

The temporary provision of services is governed by the European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007, which give effect in the UK to Directive2005/36/EC. Entry on the list of visiting health or social work professionals allows health and care professionals established in another relevant European State to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis in the UK.

The current list of visiting professionals who have made declarations to us may be checked on the list of visiting European health or social work professionals.

The full text of the Directive is available here.


Who is eligible to make a declaration?

The first condition of eligibility is the intention to provide services in the UK on a temporary and occasional basis. Those who are relocating to the UK permanently and wish to establish themselves here would not be covered by the provisions of this process and need to apply for full registration with the HCPC.

In order to make a declaration to us an individual must be:

  • a citizen of a relevant European State or have equivalent rights;
  • fully qualified to practise a relevant profession in another relevant European State; and
  • established in that profession in that state.

What is professional establishment in a relevant state?

Rules regarding professional establishment differ from country to country. In some jurisdictions access to the profession is administered by a professional regulator, in others by professional bodies, and in some cases by the government at national or local level. In some cases access to the profession is conditioned solely by acquiring a relevant degree. A profession is said to be regulated when access to it is subject to the possession of a specific professional qualification. Your national authorities should be able to guide you in what you need to do to become professionally established in your home state.

UK citizens

If you are a UK citizen you may still be eligible to make a declaration to us if you are established in your profession in another relevant European State and are only visiting the UK to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis



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