Rights under EU/EEA Law

EU Directive 2005.36.EC

EU Directive 2005.36.EC governs the mutual recognition of qualifications. This is transposed in Irish law in both the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 and S.I. 139 of 2008 (Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Directive 2005/36/EC) Regulations, 2008).

Focus is on the Qualification

Under Irish law, the focus is primarily on the qualification held by the applicant, not the applicant's citizenship. EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA citizens are generally treated equally.

Communication Skills

Under EU freedom of movement legislation, the Medical Council is not entitled to require evidence of English language proficiency from EU citizens.

Department of Education and Skills Website

The Department of Education and Skills is the designated Contact Point in the Directive for all matters relating to the recognition of professional qualifications in Ireland. For further information, go here.

European Commission

The European Commission is responsible for ensuring that the Directive is implemented. Further information on the Directive and related Internal Market matters can be obtained here.

Code of Conduct

A Code of Conduct has been developed to assist competent authorities in Europe implement the Directive. This Code of Conduct can be viewed here.


Under circumstances where medical practitioners are concerned that their rights under the Directive are being breached, they may seek redress through the SOLVIT mechanism, here.

Internal Market Information System (IMI)

For rapid exchange of information with competent authorities in other EU/EEA member states, the Medical Council uses the IMI system as a standard. Information on this system can be viewed here.