Categories of eligibility for the Specialist Division
Irish Medical Council specialist registration is specifically for doctors who have completed specialist training recognised by the Council and who may practise independently as a specialist. A number of eligibility categories are available for registration within the Specialist Division of the Register.
In the decision making process external agencies of the Council may advise the Medical Council on individual applications but the final decision on registration in the Specialist Division of the Register lies with the Council.
Please read the guidelines for registration very carefully as delays in registration occur very often due to incomplete applications being submitted.
Graduated from Higher Specialist Training Programme in Ireland (Category A)
Category A is for graduates of Higher Specialist Training Programmes supervised by postgraduate training bodies who have satisfactorily completed higher specialist training and who have been awarded a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) by that Training Body.
Trained and / or Recognised as a Specialist in an EU Member State (Categories B,C & D)
Categories B, C and D may apply to graduates of Higher Specialist Training programmes supervised by postgraduate training bodies in Member States who have been awarded a Certificate of Specialist Training; a Certificate of Acquired Rights; or are established and recognised as a specialist by the competent authority of a Member State.
Medical Practitioners who have completed higher specialist training or equivalent and who are not recognised under Categories A-D above
Category E may apply to doctors who do not meet the requirements for recognition of their specialist qualifications and who must submit structured evidence of completion of their specialist training and experience. This will be referred to the relevant approved postgraduate training body in Ireland for assessment.
Professional Competence Requirements
All doctors in the Specialist Division of the register must maintain professional competence by enrolling in a professional competence scheme and maintain professional competence activities that are relevant to their practice.