NMC Registration Law

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Nurses Defence Service provides legal advice and representation in Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration law cases.

If you are an overseas nurse applicant, or a nurse who is returning to practise after a period of time, or are a nurse who has failed to pay their registration fee, or a nurse who seeks restoration to the register after a strike off, we may be able to assist you.

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EEA qualified nurses

 From 1 January 2021 some categories of nurses will have their EEA nursing qualifications automatically recognised by the NMC and will not need to take a Competence Test.  These are general nurses (who would apply for entry as an adult nurse on the NMC register) and Midwives. Nurses who underwent this training would have qualified under the old EU Directive on reciprocal recognition of professional qualifications.  For Specialist nurses (such a mental health and children’s nurses) who qualified in the EEA the NMC has not changed its rules, and the nurse applying to be registered must take a Competence Test.


From 1 January 2021, a separate agreement has been made with Switzerland that will be in place for a least the next 4 years. If the applicant started training before 31 December 2021 and the qualification would have been recognised under EU law for automatic recognition the NMC will recognise it (general nurses and midwives only – see above.) This arrangement covers Swiss nationals. It also extends to a dependant or spouse of a Swiss national who acquired rights in Switzerland, and who holds a qualification that would have been recognised by EU law. If a nurse’s qualification does not fall within the category for automatic recognition it will be necessary to take the NMC Competence Test. [/box]

Contact Nurses Defence Service in strict confidence and without obligation on: 0800 0122 506

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