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European Professional Card and registration process

The European Professional Card (EPC) aims to further facilitate the free movement of professional in the EU and EEA. The card is intended to simplify the recognition of professional qualifications, enhance transparency for EU citizens and increase trust among authorities across the EU.  

For overseas applicants, the EPC affects Group 1 applicants only. It is also relevant to Irish-trained nurses who want to practise in another EU/EEA country.

From January 2016, nurses responsible for general care can apply for the recognition of their qualification in EU countries through the Internal Market Information System (IMI). 

Applying for an EPC

The EPC is not a physical card, but rather electronic proof that you have passed administrative checks and that your professional qualifications are recognised by the host country.

If you are a nurse responsible for general care and wish to apply for an EPC, you must do so through the EU’s online portal, the IMI.  The EPC relates only to the recognition of professional qualifications and does not give you the right to practice as a nurse responsible for general care in Ireland.  

Registration with an EPC 

If you have been issued with an EPC, you will still be required to apply for registration with NMBI.  At this stage, you will be required to provide the following:

  • Your EPC certificate showing that your qualification has been recognised 

In addition to the above, we also require:

  • A marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • A certified copy of your passport or identity card, and

 We will not be able to return the documents you have submitted so please do not send original documents.  

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