Validation and Recognition of non-Irish qualifications


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

The Registration Boards at CORU for Radiographers, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians and Occupational Therapists have established their registers and have been designated as the competent authority for their professions under Directive 2005/36/EC. The Boards will assess all new applications for the recognition of qualifications awarded outside the Republic of Ireland.

Applications should be addressed to:

The Registrar,


George's Court

Infinity Building

George's Lane


Dublin 7.

visit their website here.

Existing holders of a letter of recognition / validation

If you have already had your professional qualification recognised by the previous competent authority and hold a letter of recognition / validation you do not need to apply for recognition at CORU.

When applying for registration with the Registration Board at CORU you will present your letter of recognition / validation issued by the Department of Health.

If you require any additional information on applying for registration please contact

Introduction to Validation

Irish Qualifications In Podiatry/Chiropody

The Assessment Process

Introduction to Validation

The Department of Health is the competent authority for several Health and Social Care Professions. The Health Service Executive - National Validation Office (NVO) administers the process on behalf of the Department of Health 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.

Full information on the EU Commission Directive 2005/36/EC is available on the European Commission website at:

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: 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

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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 for a copy of the application form and for details of fee payment.

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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

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Department of Health


The Department of Health, through the DOH Validation Unit, administers the process in respect of the following professions and can be contacted at the website of Department of Health

  • Audiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Orthoptist
  • Psychologist

Email address:

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