Brexit: Recognition of professional qualifications from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021 UK professional qualifications will need to be officially recognised by the relevant regulator in the country you intend to work in
If you or your staff want to work in a profession that is regulated in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, from 1 January 2021, you’ll need to have your UK professional qualification officially recognised by the appropriate regulator for your profession in the country you intend to work in.
You don’t have to do anything if your qualification has already been officially recognised by the relevant regulator in an EEA country or Switzerland. The recognition of your professional qualification will remain after the Brexit transition period.
If you or your staff are starting to work in an EEA country or Switzerland you can check the European Commission’s Regulated Professions Database (REGPROF) to find out if your profession is regulated. Then contact the single point of contact for each EEA country, to find out how to get your professional qualification recognised.
Legal and auditing professions
There are different rules if you are a UK lawyer or UK auditor operating in the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein from 1 January 2021:
- Auditing for UK auditors and audit firms operating in the EEA from 1 January 2021
- UK lawyers practising in the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein from 1 January 2021
First published 11 February 2020