A doctor wishing to practise medicine in the Republic of Ireland must register with the Irish Medical Council (IMC).
It is an offence to practise within the state while unregistered, with the exception of administering first aid or visiting European Economic Area (EEA) registered doctors attending in an emergency.
Every doctor is responsible for ensuring that their registration is current and appropriate for their individual circumstances. Please visit the IMC website for full details.
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The Medical Council’s Register consists of four divisions:
A doctor undertaking postgraduate medical training in a recognised training post must be registered in the TSD. This division also includes interns.
Irish Medical Council specialist registration is specifically for doctors who have completed specialist training recognised by the Council and who may practise independently as a specialist. A number of eligibility categories are available for registration within the Specialist Division of the Register. Read more about eligibility and the Specialist Division here.
Doctors who do not practise in individually numbered, identifiable training posts, who have not been proposed for a post in the Supervised Division, and who have not completed recognised specialist medical training must register under General Registration. Visit the IMC website for more information.
EU citizens who are fully established to practise medicine in another EU member state may practise medicine in Ireland on a temporary and occasional basis without having to take out specialist or general registration. Doctors should apply at least one month in advance of providing a service.
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All first time applicants to the Irish Medical Council must submit a fully completed application form, with full supporting documentation and the appropriate fee. Please make sure you complete the application carefully; any omissions will result in a delay in your registration.
The IMC recognises four main categories of applicant are:
Category 1: Graduates of Irish medical schools
Category 2: EU citizens who graduated in an EU medical school and/or their qualifications are recognised under EU Directives
Category 3: Non-EU citizens who graduated in an EU medical school and/or their qualifications would be recognised under EU Directives if they were EU citizens
Category 4: Doctors who do not come under any of the above categories.
The Pre-Registration Examination System ("PRES") must be passed by Category 4 applicants for trainee specialist or general registration, unless they are exempt.
Applicants for registration can be exempted from the PRES if they:
Applicants for general registration can be exempt from the PRES the IMC recognises the equivalence of their internship. The IMC recognises training in the following countries as equivalent of an Irish internship:
You can find a full list of exemptions here.