The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK. Their role is to protect the health and wellbeing of the public, set standards of education, training, conduct and performance for nursing and midwiferystaff and ensure their skills and knowledge are kept up to date, and investigate any breach of standards.
Before you apply for the recognition of your qualification and registration, please read our guidance about the application process:
- Guidance for nurses and midwives trained in the EU/EEA
- Routes to registration – your country of training
- Guidance on certifying documents
To apply for recognition of your qualification and registration, you can:
- Request an application pack using EU request form
- Apply for a European Professional Card (EPC) – this is a digital way of applying for your qualification to be recognised. Following receipt of an EPC, nurses and midwives will be required to complete full registration process before being legally allowed to work in the UK.
Application fee for EU trained nurses and midwives
There is a £110 application assessment fee when you submit your application pack to the NMC.
This covers the administration costs of the application process.
The NMC cannot assess your application without the application assessment fee. Information about how to pay is included in the pack.
If your application is accepted you will also need to pay the £120 registration fee.
Payment is made via our Online Payments system.
Assessing your education and training
If your application does not meet the requirements for automatic recognition or acquired rights, the NMC will assess your training programme against the relevant UK educational requirements.
To do this the NMC needs a complete transcript of your training, which must show the number of hours of theoretical and clinical study, and the number of deliveries if you are a midwife.
If you do not supply this information from your training institution, wthe NMC cannot assess your qualification and your application is unlikely to be successful.
English language requirements
All applicants must supply evidence that they have the necessary knowledge of English.
There are a number of pieces of evidence that the NMC will accept:
- You have recently achieved the required score in one of the English language tests accepted by the NMC. You must achieve the required score in each of the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- A recent pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification which was taught and examined in English.
- Registration and practice of at least one year in a country where English is the first and native language and an English language assessment was required for registration.
Find out more about language requirements.