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Brexit - information for dental professionals

We understand that many people will have questions about how the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) will affect dental professionals with qualifications from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who currently practise, or want to practise, in the UK.

What is the current situation with Brexit/EU exit?

The UK has left the European Union. We are now in a transition period with the EU, which will likely be until 31 December 2020.

How will the registration process for dental professionals with qualifications gained in the EEA/Switzerland be affected?

It is likely that there will be no change to how dental professionals with EEA/Swiss qualifications are registered in the UK over the course of the transition period.

Registration arrangements after 31 December 2020 will depend on the outcome of negotiations taking place over the course of the transition period.

We will share further information about how the results of this might affect registration when it becomes clear.

What happens to dental professionals with EEA/Swiss qualifications already registered in the UK?

The registration status of dental professionals already registered in the UK, or registered in advance of 31 December 2020, will not be affected.

I have an EEA/Swiss dental qualification and I am currently applying/plan to apply to join the UK’s dental register. What will happen to my application?

We anticipate that all applications from dental professionals with EEA/Swiss qualifications received by 11pm on 31 December 2020 will be processed under the existing arrangements.

Registration arrangements after 31 December 2020 will depend on the outcome of negotiations taking place over the course of the transition period.

We will share further information about how the results of this might affect registration when it becomes clear.

UK students studying in the EU

We also know that there are a number of UK nationals currently undertaking education in the EEA and Switzerland and will, as a result, possess EEA/Swiss qualifications following graduation. Because registration applications are assessed based on the country of qualification as opposed to an individual’s nationality, our working assumption is that these individuals will be subject to the same arrangements as above. We will share further information about this should this assumption change.

Further information

Information about the EU Settlement Scheme is available on the gov.uk website. Those registrants who may be affected are encouraged to consider whether this applies to them and take the appropriate steps.