Brexit

Brexit and NMBI

NMBI has prepared for the Withdrawal Agreement and has also put contingency plans in place for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. These policies and procedures will ensure that UK qualified nurses and midwives can continue to register with NMBI with minimum disruption.  

Currently, there is EU legislation that allows EU citizens to have professional qualifications recognised (‘the Directive’ 2005/36/EC).  If you have already had your qualifications recognised by the NMBI, there will be no change; that qualification remains recognised and you can continue to practise in Ireland once you are on the NMBI Register of Nurses and Midwives.

There are three options regarding what may happen once a decision is made regarding how and if the UK leaves the EU:

  1. Withdrawal Agreement: EU legislation, including Directive 2005/36/EC applies for the duration of the Withdrawal agreement.
  2. If the UK decides to remain an EU member state, all current provisions in the Directive will continue and NMBI will continue to process UK qualifications in accordance with our current policies and procedures. There will be no change.
  3. No-deal Brexit: In the event of a no-deal Brexit, NMBI will accept for recognition UK qualifications in general nursing and midwifery which:
  • were obtained on or after 29 June 1979 (23 January 1983 for midwifery) and were then compliant with Annex V of the Directive;
  • were obtained after the withdrawal date and meet NMC accreditation standards and would have been compliant with Annex V of the Directive had there not been a no-deal Brexit.  

For all other UK nursing qualifications, NMBI will assess the qualifications against national Irish standards.

The effective date of the proposed policy will be the day after the withdrawal date and it will be reviewed within two years.  Applications in train as at the withdrawal date will be processed under the revised no-deal Brexit option set out above.

However, it should be noted that applicants with UK qualifications should not experience any difference in the process; it is only the legal basis for the recognition of their nursing/midwifery qualification that is changing.

No deal-Brexit: Some examples

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, if you are a UK trained nurse or midwife applying for registration with NMBI (regardless of your nationality) there are a number of different routes for registration. What documents you need to supply will depend on whether you are trained as a general nurse and/or midwife, or as any other type of nurse (all other nurses).

Example 1:

If you are a UK trained general nurse and/or midwife you will be assessed as a non-EU (UK) trained applicant.

Example 2:

If you are currently studying nursing or midwifery in the UK you will be assessed as a non-EU (UK) trained applicant when you have qualified and apply to register.

Example 3:

If you are a general nurse or midwife who trained outside the EU, but you had your qualifications recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (you are on the UK Register) you will be assessed as a non-EU trained applicant.

Example 4:

If you are an applicant holding UK nursing qualifications other than in general nursing or midwifery, your qualification and professional experience will undergo a full assessment against the NMBI standards and requirements; you will be required to submit details of the programme for assessment by NMBI. You are categorised as ‘all other nurses’ in the section below.

Example 5:

If you are currently considering applying to study nursing and/or midwifery in the UK, how this will be assessed in the future will depend on whether UK authorities change nursing and midwifery training programmes.

What documents do I need to provide for application in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

Applications for recognition and registration under this new process will include the same information and supporting documentation as is currently required under the Directive, namely: 

General nurses and midwives

  • Application Fee €350
  • Registration Fee €145
  • Proof of identity
  • Evidence of formal qualification 
  • Certificate of conformity 
  • Proof of good character
  • Declaration – Fit and proper person
  • Declaration – Relevant Medical Disability
  • In line with current NMBI policy, persons holding qualifications obtained in the UK may demonstrate their English language competency by submitting confirmation that the course was taught and examined through English.
  • There will be no requirement to demonstrate recency of practice.  

All other nurses

  • Application Fee €350
  • Registration Fee €145
  • Proof of identity
  • Evidence of formal qualification 
  • Certificate of conformity 
  • Proof of good character
  • Transcript of training
  • Proof of other relevant training
  • Proof of professional experience
  • Declaration – Fit and proper person
  • Declaration – Relevant Medical Disability
  • In line with current NMBI policy, persons holding qualifications obtained in the UK may demonstrate their English language competency by submitting confirmation that the course was taught and examined through English. 
  • There will be no requirement to demonstrate recency of practice.  

Data Protection Implications in the context of a no-deal Brexit

Should a no-deal Brexit occur, the UK will be classified as a third country. If you request that personal data be transferred to the UK, by NMBI on your behalf, in order for you to register in the UK, there is the risk that that the UK will not be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation and/or EU data protection standards. You will be required to give explicit consent when requesting NMBI sends personal data to the UK confirming you understand this risk. 

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