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Medical Doctors

Competent Authority

The Medical Council regulates medical doctors in the Republic of Ireland. The Council's purpose is to protect the public by promoting and better ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among doctors.

Application Process

Please ensure you have consulted the eligibility chart prior to submitting an application. The eligibility chart will provide guidance on which route you should submit your application under. 

All medical practitioners applying to or on the register with the Medical Council must provide evidence of professional medical indemnity.

In order to submit an application online you will need your passport number and a debit/credit card for payment of fees. You will also be required to provide details and dates of your medical education and training.

Application Process

Divisions of the Register of Medical Practitioners

Please note: New applications for registration must be made through The Medical Council's secure online facility.

Temporary and Occasional Provision of Services

European Union citizens who are fully established to practise medicine in another European Union member state may practise medicine in Ireland on a temporary and occasional basis without having to take out registration. Doctors should apply at least one month in advance of planning to practise medicine in Ireland. In order to be eligible for this type of registration, applicants must provide satisfactory evidence of the following:

  1. Doctors intending to provide temporary and occasional services must provide a completed declaration for each period of registration.
  2. They are an EU citizen. This can be done by providing a notarised/attested copy of their current EU passport and a recent passport-size photograph, as proof of identity. This can be notarised by a Notary Public or attested by a Justice of the Peace/Commissioner for Oaths/Member of An Garda Síochána (documents signed by a Police Officer from another State are not acceptable).
  3. They hold a recognised primary medical qualification and (where applicable) higher specialist qualification. This can be done by providing a notarised/attested copy of their primary medical degree and (where applicable) higher specialist qualification. Please note: If the applicant’s Certificate of Current Professional Status displays the applicant's primary medical qualification along with the full conferral date i.e. day, month and year, there will be no requirement to provide a copy of the primary medical qualification.
  4. They are currently in good professional standing with all other regulatory/registration bodies with whom they have been registered within the past five years. The relevant body/ies must send a current Certificate of Current Professional Status (dated within the last three months) directly to the Medical Council's offices.
  5. Current professional indemnity – Either from the indemnity provider OR from the hospital/clinical site where the services are being provided.

Application Process

To apply for visiting European Economic Area registration complete the declaration form for visiting EEA practitioners and enclose the relevant documents.

Legal Basis

Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act 2017

Full legislation governing the Medical Council

Further Information


Contact Details

Medical Council

Kingram Place, Dublin 2

Phone: +353 1 49 83 100

Email: info@mcirl.ie

URL: www.medicalcouncil.ie  

The above is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to The Medical Council.

Last updated: 11 February 2021