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Recognition of professional qualifications

Published: 7. 1. 2021 Last update: 12. 1. 2021

Recognition of professional health qualifications has been adapted in accordance with the Withdrawal agreement and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union. There are no other (new) rules for this area in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. However, article 5.13 of Annex to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement gives right to Member States to require necessary proof of qualification. In the area in question, the United Kingdom is considered a third country.

At the national level, legislation implementing the EU rules on professional qualifications recognition transposes also rules concerning the status of third-country nationals.

Qualifications obtained in the UK before the end of the transition period do not lose the status of a qualification obtained in the EU while the EU rules on qualifications recognition implemented in Act No. 18/2004 Coll. still apply. [1] Concerning medical and para-medical qualifications rules in Act No. 95/2004 Coll. [2] and Act No. 96/2004 Coll. [3] apply. Provided applicants obtain their qualifications after the end of the transition period, provisions for recognition of qualifications acquired in a third country will be applied (Act No. 95/2004 Coll. and Act No. 96/2004 Coll.).


[1] Act No. 18/2004 Coll., on the recognition of professional qualifications and other competencies of nationals of Member States of the European Union

[2] Act No. 95/2004 Coll., on the Requirements for Acquisition of Recognition of Professional Competence to Practise the Profession of a Physician, Dentist and Pharmacist

[3] Act No. 96/2004 Coll., on the Conditions for the Obtaining and Recognition of Qualifications for Pursuing Paramedical Professions

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