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Validation and Recognition of non-Irish qualifications


Diagnostic Radiographers, Radiation Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists

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
  • Radiographers
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech and Language Therapists

The professions soon to be regulated are:

  • Clinical Biochemists
  • Counsellors
  • Orthoptists
  • Podiatrists
  • 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:

Introduction to Validation

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 validation by the Department of Health please visit https://health.gov.ie/about-us/recognition-of-qualifications/
The Health Service Executive National Validation Office (NVO) administers the process on behalf of the HSE for the following profession:

  • Podiatry

Validation is the process by which non-Irish qualifications are assessed for their equivalence to the entry-level qualifications required to work in the publicly-funded health sector in Ireland. Persons cannot be employed in their professional capacity in the statutory health service, in either a permanent or temporary capacity, unless their qualifications have been recognised.

The recognition of qualifications is not a statement of suitability for a particular post/language competence.

The NVO is advised by the Podiatry Recognition of Overseas Qualifications Commitee (PROQC). Persons should not seek employment in their professional capacity in the public health sector unless and until their qualifications have been recognised.

In the course of assessing your application, the NVO will seek the advice of the Podiatry Recognition of Overseas qualifications Committee.  Your data will be shared with that body and retained by it until the assessment process is complete and its advice has been conveyed to the NVO for transmission to the Department of Health.

Qualifications from EEA member states are assessed under an EU Commission Directive 2005/36/EC.

Article 51 of Directive 2005/36/EC states that applications must be acknowledged within one month of receipt and the applicant informed of any incomplete information or missing documentation. In the case of EEA nationals falling within the scope of the Directive, a decision is issued from the Department of Health within 4 months of acknowledgement of receipt by the NVO of a complete application. In the case of Non EEA nationals who do not fall within the scope of the Directive 2005/36/EC; a decision is issued within 6 months of acknowledgement of receipt by the NVO of a complete application. Article 51 is an acknowledgement of the time-consuming nature of the assessment process.

The Directive provides for the assessment of qualifications for the purposes of establishment Please See Appendix 1 here

This website provides general information only and it is the responsibility of each applicant to inform themselves about the Directive. Full information is available on the EU Commission Website and on a specific EU Frequently Asked Questions page.

See also appendix 2: Non-EEA nationals who are legally resident in Ireland should go to: www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Stamps for further information.

If you have queries please contact:

Annette Lyons
National Validation Office
National Health and Social Care Professions Office
National HR Directorate , Clinical And Admin Block A

Merlin Park
Tel 00 353 91 775094
E-mail: annette.lyons@hse.ie

Irish Qualifications in Podiatry/Chiropody

The minimum approved academic qualification necessary for appointment as a Basic Grade Podiatrist/Chiropodist, are one of the following:

  • (a) the B.Sc. (Hons) in Podiatry of the National University of Ireland Galway or
  • (b) a qualification equivalent to (a) or
  • (c) Be on the list of podiatrists/chiropodists approved by the HSE to practice in the publicly funded health service on or before the 30th April 2010.

Please contact annette.lyons@hse.ie for a copy of the application form and for details of fee payment.

The Assessment Process

Details of the administration of the assessment process (for both EEA and non-EEA nationals) is at Appendix 3 (NVO PROCESS DOCUMENT) 

If you have queries contact

Annette Lyons
National Validation Office
National Health and Social Care Professions Office,

National HR Directorate

Clinical and Admin Block A
Health Service Executive
Merlin Park
Tel 00 353 91 775094
E-mail: annette.lyons@hse.ie