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Irish Medical Council Registration

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IMPORTANT:
Please note that the information provided in this page is for guide purposes only as requirements and processes are constantly changing, Bond Personnel Group Ltd. accepts no responsibility or liability for any actions taken on foot of the information on this page which is provided in good faith . If you are looking to register with the Irish Medical Council you need to engage with them directly. Bond Personnel Do Not assist in IMC registration and, at this time, Do Not recruit medical staff.

All doctors must be registered with the Irish Medical Council in order to practice medicine in the Republic of Ireland.  It is an offence for an unregistered doctor to practice in the state. Providing first aid or a visiting practitioner, registered in the EEA, attending in an emergency is allowed.

Every doctor must ensure that their Irish Medical Council Registration is current and valid for their circumstances.  Registration is carried out online. Doctors who wish to work in Ireland must contact the Medical Council directly to assess their current eligibility for registration.  Requirements for IMC registration may change periodically.

The Irish Medical Council Registration covers several categories as outlined below. The applicable category will vary depending on qualifications and experience.

1. Trainee Specialist Division

This is for doctors on recognised training programmes. Posts are allocated by the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and involve the national postgraduate training bodies. EU/EEA trained doctors may apply to have their qualifications automatically recognised. Non EU/EEA trained doctors will require their qualification primary source to be verified before registration. 

2. Internship Registration

In February/March each year, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) opens applications for internships.  Graduates of medical schools in EU/EEA member states are eligible to apply for these internships.

3. Specialist Division

Doctors who have completed recognised specialist training may practice independently as specialists in their field. This includes doctors who work as consultants. Doctors who trained outside the EU/EEA may require evaluation of their training and experience.

4. General Division

Doctors without recognised specialist training  may obtain general registration. They  may practice independently and without supervision in a general medical capacity. This division includes Registrars and Senior House Officers  / SHO.

5. Supervised Division

If registered as supervised, a doctor may practice under supervision in an approved post to for up to 2 years.

6. Visiting EEA Practitioners Division

EU citizens may apply for status as a visiting medical practitioner on a temporary basis without requiring full IMC registration. Doctors must be fully established to practice in another EU country and hold a current certificate of professional status.

Applying for IMC Registration

As an applicant for Irish Medical Council Registration, you will fall in to one of the following categories:

1.  Graduates of one of the 6 medical schools in Ireland.
2.  Graduates of medical schools in EU/EEA member states with recognised qualifications and training
3.  Graduates of medical schools in non-EU/EEA member states.

Pre-Registration Examination system (PRES)

Doctors who have graduated from non-EU/EEA states may be required to sit Pre-Registration Examination system (PRES) unless they are exempt.  The PRES examinations primarily test a doctor’s knowledge and clinical skills in certain key disciplines.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

In order to work in a public hospital in Ireland, an IELTS certificate or equivalent may also be required to demonstrate “effective communication skills” through the English language. This is not required if the basic medical degree AND internship were obtained through English in Ireland, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the US

Internships in certain countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Sudan and Malaysia are recognised as equivalent to EU/EEA. Internships in South Africa and Pakistan are also recognised with certain date restrictions.

Link to Irish Medical Council registration for further information and applications

IMPORTANT:
Please note that the information provided in this page is for guide purposes only as requirements and processes are constantly changing, Bond Personnel Group Ltd. accepts no responsibility or liability for any actions taken on foot of the information on this page which is provided in good faith . If you are looking to register with the Irish Medical Council you need to engage with them directly. Bond Personnel Do Not assist in IMC registration and, at this time, Do Not recruit medical staff.

All doctors must be registered with the Irish Medical Council in order to practice medicine in the Republic of Ireland.  It is an offence for an unregistered doctor to practice in the state. Providing first aid or a visiting practitioner, registered in the EEA, attending in an emergency is allowed.

Every doctor must ensure that their Irish Medical Council Registration is current and valid for their circumstances.  Registration is carried out online. Doctors who wish to work in Ireland must contact the Medical Council directly to assess their current eligibility for registration.  Requirements for IMC registration may change periodically.

The Irish Medical Council Registration covers several categories as outlined below. The applicable category will vary depending on qualifications and experience.

1. Trainee Specialist Division

This is for doctors on recognised training programmes. Posts are allocated by the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and involve the national postgraduate training bodies. EU/EEA trained doctors may apply to have their qualifications automatically recognised. Non EU/EEA trained doctors will require their qualification primary source to be verified before registration.

2. Internship Registration

In February/March each year, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) opens applications for internships.  Graduates of medical schools in EU/EEA member states are eligible to apply for these internships.

3. Specialist Division

Doctors who have completed recognised specialist training may practice independently as specialists in their field. This includes doctors who work as consultants. Doctors who trained outside the EU/EEA may require evaluation of their training and experience.

4. General Division

Doctors without recognised specialist training  may obtain general registration. They  may practice independently and without supervision in a general medical capacity. This division includes Registrars and Senior House Officers  / SHO.

5. Supervised Division

If registered as supervised, a doctor may practice under supervision in an approved post to for up to 2 years.

6. Visiting EEA Practitioners Division

EU citizens may apply for status as a visiting medical practitioner on a temporary basis without requiring full IMC registration. Doctors must be fully established to practice in another EU country and hold a current certificate of professional status.

Applying for IMC Registration

As an applicant for Irish Medical Council Registration, you will fall in to one of the following categories:

1.  Graduates of one of the 6 medical schools in Ireland.
2.  Graduates of medical schools in EU/EEA member states with recognised qualifications and training
3.  Graduates of medical schools in non-EU/EEA member states.

Internships in certain countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Sudan and Malaysia are recognised as equivalent to EU/EEA. Internships in South Africa and Pakistan are also recognised with certain date restrictions.

Pre-Registration Examination system (PRES)

Doctors who have graduated from non-EU/EEA states may be required to sit Pre-Registration Examination system (PRES) unless they are exempt. The PRES examinations primarily test a doctor’s knowledge and clinical skills in certain key disciplines.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

In order to work in a public hospital in Ireland, an IELTS certificate or equivalent may also be required to demonstrate “effective communication skills” through the English language. This is not required if the basic medical degree AND internship were obtained through English in Ireland, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the US.

Link to Irish Medical Council registration for further information and applications

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