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International applications review process and timescales

Step 1 - Submit application and pay scrutiny fee

After you've entered your details and uploaded all your documentation to the online application form, you'll be able to submit your application. You'll then be asked to pay the application scrutiny fee of £539.65 via the WorldPay payment service.

Your link will remain valid for 72 hours, and we can only generate one per application. If you aren't able to make a payment within this timeframe, you can still do this via bank transfer or over the phone. Please contact us if you require more information on this. 

If your payment via the link is successful, you'll receive an automated payment confirmation email. Please note, you won't receive a confirmation for a bank transfer payment or a telephone payment. Phone payments will be confirmed during the call, and your bank transfer can be confirmed using your bank statement.

If your application is missing information or documentation, we'll contact you via email. 

Step 2 - Initial review - verification checks

When your scrutiny fee is paid, your application will move to the verification checks. We'll contact you by email to confirm this. Our service level aim is to do this within four weeks of receiving a full application.

During this phase we will contact your education provider, any relevant regulatory or professional bodies and any professional referees. This is to verify the information that you have provided. We will not wait to hear from these contacts before sending your application to the next stage. You do not need to do anything until we have notified you of the outcome of the next stage of the process. 

Step 3 - Assessment review - your education and training

The next stage is the assessment of your regulated education and training (for practice in another relevant European state) and any other relevant education, training or experience. Our service level aim is to do this within 60 working days of receiving a full application. 

Your application will be sent to two assessors from the part of the Register to which you are applying. They will consider all of the information that you have submitted before making their recommendation.

First, they will compare your regulated education and training with our standards of proficiency. If they identify shortfalls, they will look to see if these have been made up through any other relevant education, training or experience. They will then send a recommendation to the Education and Training Committee (ETC). This recommendation will be then reviewed by the ETC who will send their decision to you.

Please note that we can only base our decision on the information provided in the application. We do not contact referees, training institutions, or employers to obtain further information about your training or work experience. We will endeavour to send a Record of Assessment to you within 60 working days of receipt.

Step 4 - Additional or further information 

Your Record of Assessment may include a request for further information, which you'll need to send to us in order for your application to continue. This is likely to prolong the processing time of your application significantly.

For this reason it is important that you include as much relevant information as possible when you submit your application.

Step 5 - Outcome and registration fee

If your application is successful, you'll need to pay a final fee. This is the registration fee, which is for your profession's registration cycle from the point you join the Register onwards. You'll receive a WorldPay link to pay this. 


Need help?

If you still have a question about international applications, please contact our International team:

More contact options are available on the team's contact page.

Page updated on: 29/10/2018