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Practising outside the UK

Many of our registrants practise their profession outside of the United Kingdom. If you decide to do this you may still maintain your registration with us and in some cases UK registration may be required. You must ensure that your correspondence address and personal details remain up-to-date with us.


You do not have to tell us if you are planning to go and practice abroad. However, you may need to obtain a certificate to confirm your professional status for the purpose of practising in another jurisdiction.


Practising worldwide:

  • Registration status confirmation letter

This letter contains your name, your HCPC registration number, your date of birth, your registered address and information about your current registration status.

This letter is issued for those who wish to confirm their registration status. We only issue this document when you request it in person. We can post it to any address chosen by you. There is currently no charge associated with issuing of this document. Please note that the most up-to-date information about your registration status is available on the on-line Register here.


Practising in Europe:

  • European Certificate of Current Professional Status
  • Physiotherapists - European Professional Card

European Certificate of Current Professional Status

This certificate contains your name, your nationality, your HCPC registration number, your gender, your date of birth, your registered address, your profession and information about your qualification. It also contains the details of the route you have taken to join the HCPC register(UK approved qualification, international, EMR, grandparenting), how your professional training corresponds with relevant chapter of the European Professional Qualifications Directive and your current registration status.

This certificate is issued for those who wish to practise in another relevant European State.

We only issue this document when you request it in person. We can post it to any address chosen by you. There is currently no charge associated with issuing of this document. Please note that the most up-to-date information about your registration status is available on the on-line Register here.

Physiotherapists – European Professional Card

From 18 January 2016 any physiotherapist who is currently registered with HCPC or fully qualified to practice in the UK may request a European Professional Card(EPC) for the purpose of exercising their profession in another relevant European State. In order to be eligible to apply using EPC mechanism you must be a citizen of a ‘relevant European State’ (an EEA Member State or Switzerland) or be an exempt person who is treated as such a national (eg by marriage to such a citizen).

Click here for the list of relevant European States.

EPC is an electronic file which is requested, issued and transferred using Your Europe and Internal Market Information (IMI) systems – which are on-line systems managed by the European Commission. Your Europe can be accessed by clicking here.

In principle the EPC aids those exercising professional rights across Europe, by replacing most of the paper-based application processes with an electronic one and involving the relevant authorities in the exchange of information. In effect professionals should find it easier to migrate.

There is a cost associated with processing of EPC for those wishing to practise outside UK – scrutiny fee of £25. Once we accepted your file for processing we will contact you via e-mail and request this payment. Scrutiny payment is made online, by following a link and instructions sent in our e-mail.

There are two different types of EPC, depending on the intention of the applicant:

  • EPC for temporary and occasional provision of services.

    This EPC is available only to those who are currently registered with the HCPC and who wish to exercise their profession in another relevant European State on temporary and occasional basis.

    The migrating professional must initiate their EPC application via Your Europe website. This application is then transferred to the HCPC, who will perform necessary checks. Depending on the regime in the destination country, the HCPC will either transfer the EPC application to the host country for further processing or issue the EPC for a chosen country. Once issued, the EPC for temporary and occasional provision of services is valid for eighteen months. After this time it may be renewed by using Your Europe.

    We acknowledge complete applications within a week, and transfer the file to the host state within a further month.

  • EPC for the purpose of establishment.

    This EPC is available to those who are currently registered with HCPC (or have been in the past) or those holding UK-approved qualification in physiotherapy and who wish to migrate to another relevant European State to become professionally established there.

    The migrating professional must initiate their EPC application via the Your Europe website. This application is then transferred to the HCPC, who will perform necessary checks. We acknowledge complete applications within a week, and transfer the file to the host state within a further month.



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