Annual Retention Fee and the renewal process
If you are a nurse or midwife practising in Ireland, it is your professional and legal responsibility to have your name on the Register of Nurses and Midwives which is maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). This includes clinical practice, nursing/midwifery management, education and research.
Each year it is necessary to pay the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) to maintain your registration. NMBI issues Reminder Notices to all those on the Register in advance of a new calendar year. Once payment has been received and processed, NMBI will issue an Annual Retention Certificate within 5-7 working days. Your employer will normally seek this certificate for you at the start of the calendar year.
Non-payment of the ARF
Failure to pay the ARF is a serious matter. NMBI issues Reminder Notices to those who do not make the payment. The Board of NMBI will consider removal of names from the Register once 28 days have elapsed following dispatch of Reminder Notices.
If you are removed from the Register, you cannot practise nursing or midwifery until such time as your name is restored to the Register. You will need to complete a Restoration Form and pay the appropriate fee. Details of the current fees are available on our fees page.
Change of address or contact details
It is important for the ARF process to ensure that your contact details are up to date. You can check the address and other contact details NMBI has for you on our systems through the My Account section. You can also update your details electronically.
You can also check your ARF balance through the My Account section.