This Regulation address a deficiency in article 13 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 regarding recognition of professional qualifications.

This Regulation reinstates the NMC’s right to refuse applications from individuals who either do not hold an appropriate EU-awarded qualification or do not hold an appropriate Rest of the World (RoW)-awarded qualification obtained within five years.

The deficiency is being addressed to ensure the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) “can fully discharge its public protection function” by ensuring that it has a legal basis for refusing admission to its register any individual who is not appropriately qualified

This instrument achieves this by putting back into effect a legal provision that ensures individuals are only eligible to apply for NMC registration on or after IP completion day if they:

  • have a relevant qualification gained outside the UK and EU (Rest of World (‘RoW’)) and that qualification was awarded within five years of the date of application, or
  • they hold a relevant qualification gained within the UK or EU (regardless of when that qualification was awarded)

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