A new approach to recognising professional qualifications gained overseas has now received Royal Assent the Government announced on 28 April 2022.

The Professional Qualifications Act revokes the previous EU system for how certain professional qualifications gained overseas are recognised in the UK.

The freedom of UK regulators of professions to decide who is fit to practise is now enshrined in UK law for the first time. This ensures UK regulators can make decisions in the best interests of their profession – upholding the UK’s high professional standards.

The Act will also help UK professionals to be recognised abroad by ensuring UK regulators can strike recognition deals with overseas counterparts.

The Government will consult and work in partnership with regulators to uphold their autonomy and UK standards on the new approach.

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