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Group 1: EU/EEA trained, automatic recognition or acquired rights

group 1 applicants

 
 You belong to Group 1 if you trained in the EU or EEA and meet  the  “automatic recognition” or “acquired rights provisions of the  EU Directive  2005/36/EC (the Directive). This Directive sets out  the  minimum training  standards for nurses and midwives to  practise in  their country of training  and across the EU. It lists the  dates  adopted by each country to  implement the EU standards  for the  training of general nurses and  midwives. This date is  known as the  reference date.





Automatic recognition

If you trained in an EU country, as a general nurse or a midwife, then your training may meet the “automatic recognition route to registration” set out in the Directive. If you started your training on or after your country’s reference date, we may be able to automatically register you when you apply to register as a nurse or midwife.

To check what date your country implemented the Directive, please refer to the table below which lists countries in the EU and EEA. All of the countries listed have implemented the training standards in the Directive. If you trained in one of these countries on or after what is called the “reference date” then you may also have an automatic right to registration.

Acquired rights

If you trained in the EU or EEA before the reference date for your country, then you may have “acquired rights” to registration based on your post-registration employment experience as a general nurse or midwife.

The term “acquired rights” means that if you have a certain amount of post-registration experience as a nurse or midwife you may have a right to join the Register. To check this, please contact the “competent authority” in the country where you trained. This is the organisation within each country which is responsible for registering nurses and midwives. In Ireland, the competent authority is NMBI.
 

Country Reference date for General Nursing Reference date for Midwifery
Austria 01 January 1994 01 January 1994
Belgium 29 June 1979 23 January 1983
Bulgaria 01 January 2007 01 January 2007
Cyprus 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Croatia 01 July 2013 01 July 2013
Czech Republic 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Denmark 29 June 1979 23 January 1983
Estonia 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Finland 01 January 1994 01 January 1994
France 29 June 1979 23 January 1983
Germany 29 June 1979 23 January 1983
Greece 01 January 1981 23 January 1983
Hungary 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Iceland* 01 January 1994 01 January 1994
Italy 29 June 1979 23 January 1983
Latvia 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Leichtenstien* 01 May 1995 01 May 1995
Lithuania 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Luxembourg 29 June 1979 23 January 1983
Malta 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Netherlands 29 June 1979 23 January 1983
Norway* 01 January 1994 01 January 1994
Poland 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Portugal 01 January 1986 01 January 1986
Romania 01 January 2007 01 January 2007
Slovakia 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Slovenia 01 May 2004 01 May 2004
Spain 01 January 1986 01 January 1986
Sweden 01 January 1994 01 January 1994
Switzerland** 01 January 2002 01 January 2002
United Kingdom 29 June 1979 23 January 1983

Countries marked with an asterix (*) are not members of the EU but are members of the EEA.
**Switzerland, while not an EEA member, has mutual recognition of nursing and midwifery qualifications

English Language Competence

From 2 April 2018, applicants for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland who have qualifications from outside of Ireland must now satisfy the Board that they have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively in their practice. Find out how you can meet NMBI's English language requirements.

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