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Registering with the Irish Medical Council (for EU Candidates)

Moving to Ireland as a General Practitioner? The first thing you will need to do in order to practise is register with the Irish Medical Council (IMC). Below we've outlined how to go about this in an easy step-by-step process. 

There are three ways to register with the Irish Medical Council or IMC:

  • As a Doctor qualified in Ireland
  • As a Doctor qualified in an EU member state
  • As a Doctor qualified outside of the EU

This blog post is specifically for those who completed their medical degree within an EU member state. For doctors who received their qualification outside of the EU, you can read about the process in our other blog post here.

Step 1

Create an account online with the Irish Medical Council (IMC).
You can do this here.

Step 2 

Submit an application form.

Step 3

Gather required documentation if you apply as a Specialist:

  • Notarised/attested copy of passport
  • Basic Medical Degree- This document is the certificate you received on the day of graduation. This document needs to be notarised and translated into English.
  • Specialist Degree from an EU country -This document needs to be notarised and translated into English.
  • An Attestation / Certificate of Conformity from the relevant competent authority which confirms that your Specialist Qualification was awarded in accordance with the provisions of EU Directive 2005/36/EC. Accompanied by English Language translation where applicable.
  • Original Certificate of Good Standing/ Current Professional Status, dated within the last 3 months, to be sent directly to the Medical Council from every registration body with whom you have held registration in the past five years.

    * Notarised/Attested copies must be stamped and signed by one of the following: A
    Notary public, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Oaths or if in Ireland a Member
    of An Garda Siochana. We will also accept an Apostille. The Medical Council will not
    accept documents stamped and signed by anyone else.

    Documents must be sent via post, we will not accept documents via email.

    If you apply application for General and Trainee Specialist Division Check here

    Application Fee General €410, Specialist €640
    We would always suggest specialist registration for GP roles in Ireland

Step 4

A reference number will be provided by email as the Medical Council assess and verify your documentation with other bodies and institutions. The Medical Council will then make a decision on your application.

  • Registration Fee €560 (both General and Specialist)
  • An Annual Retention fee of €560 to €605 will apply.

It is usually recommended that you would have full registration before applying for roles in Ireland. However we are here to support you throughout the process. We can sometimes apply for roles during the last stage of registration. It all depends on your personal circumstances.


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Currently we have a few permanent roles available - you can see our new roles below.

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The benefits of working in Ireland as a Doctor are vast; this includes but not limited to:

  • Continuous Personal and Professional Development
  • High salaries, approximately starting from €120k per year
  • Paid Retention fess with the IMC
  • Paid indemnity cover (which could save you €12,000 yearly)
  • Opportunity to work Out of Hours or Locum opportunities to improve your yearly income
  • Working weeks of day only and no weekends also available

...and many more!

Please feel free to get in contact today for more information, or to discuss your options. Contact Laura via the email below or give us a call on (01) 567 3123.

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Posted on 16 September 2022 by Laura Mulchrone
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