Recognition of non-Irish qualifications

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The statutory register for podiatrists/chiropodists opened on Wednesday 31 March, 2021.  As and from the 31st March, the Podiatrists Registration Board at CORU has become the designated Competent Authority  for the profession under Directive 2005/36/EC and will assess all new applications for the recognition of professional qualifications from outside the Republic of Ireland. 

The Minister for Health will continue to be the competent authority in relation to all applications received before 31st March 2021 or until such time that a decision on each application has been made.  Such applications are processed by the National Validation Office of the Health Service Executive on behalf of the Minister.

Applications from 1st  April 2021 must be  directed to CORU on the CORU recognition application form

Please note: The NVO office in Galway will not accept applications for podiatry received after 31st March, 2021 and applications will be returned to sender. 

  • The Podiatrists Registration Board at CORU has statutory responsibility for:
  • Establishing and maintaining a Register of members of the profession
  • Assessing, approving and monitoring training courses for the health and social care professions under the Act
  • Establishing the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics and standards of performance to which podiatrists must adhere.

About CORU

CORU is Ireland's multi-profession health regulator. CORU’s role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals. CORU was set up under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended). It is made up of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the Registration Boards, one for each profession named in the Act. CORU is designated as the competent authority for their professions under Directive 2005/36/EC. Each profession has its own Registration Board which is responsible for the registration of members of the profession. The Boards assess all new applications for the recognition of qualifications awarded outside the Republic of Ireland.

CORU currently regulates the following professions:

  • Dietitians
  • Dispensing Opticians
  • Medical Scientists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  •  Podiatrists
  • Radiographers
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech and Language Therapists

The professions soon to be regulated are:

  • Clinical Biochemists
  • Counsellors
  • Orthoptists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Care Workers

If you require any additional information on applying for registration please see  Competent Authorities for Recognition of International Qualifications

or  contact:

Recognition by the Department of Health

The Department of Health is the competent authority for several Health and Social Care Professions including Audiology, Biochemistry, Environmental Health, Orthopty, Psychology.  To read the most up to date practice and process for recognition by the Department of Health please visit