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From 1 January 2021, legislation on training and education completed outside of the EU/EEA will apply to social and health care qualifications completed in the UK

26.1.2021 16:00 / News

The transition period for the UK's withdrawal from the EU ended on 31 December 2020 and the UK's withdrawal from the EU entered into full force on 1 January 2021. As a result of the withdrawal, the UK became a “third country” among other non-EU/EEA states in matters concerning professional qualifications.

Rights to practise a profession that were granted, and other decisions on the recognition of professional qualifications that were made before the UK's withdrawal from the EU continue to apply and are not affected by the withdrawal.

If a health and social care qualification was completed and an application submitted during the transition period, by 31 December 2020, the qualification on which the application is based will be considered to have been completed in an EU/EEA state, and the application will be processed and resolved under the legislation on professional qualifications.

Professional qualifications in social and health care completed in the UK after 31 December 2020 are considered to have been completed in a third country. In such cases, the application will be processed in accordance with the same provisions that apply to other applications submitted on the basis of qualifications completed outside of the EU/EEA states.

Applications submitted after the end of the transition period shall be subject to the provisions on qualifications completed outside of the EU/EEA, irrespective of when the qualification was completed.

Read more:

Brexit and healthcare professionals’ right to practise (valvira.fi)

Right to practise a health profession, application instructions, qualifications obtained outside of an EU/EEA state (valvira.fi)

Right to practise a social care profession, application instructions, qualifications completed outside of an EU/EEA state (valvira.fi)

Brexit (minedu.fi)

Information about Brexit (vnk.fi)

More information is available from:

Jenni Kangas, Head of Unit, tel. +358 (0)295 209 532

Maarit Mikkonen, Head of Unit, tel. +358 (0)295 209 561

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