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Competent Authorities for Recognition of International Qualifications
“Competent Authority” means any regulatory or professional body empowered by the State to validate professional qualifications obtained in a country other than the Republic of Ireland.
All queries on the recognition of qualifications and on temporary provision of services should be addressed to the relevant Competent Authority.
CORU is now the Competent Authority for the following professions:
- Occupational Therapists
- Radiographers and Radiation Therapists
- Social Workers
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians
Address:CORU Joyce House 8 - 11 Lombard Street, Dublin 2 D02 Y729
Telephone: 01 2933160
Physiotherapists - Transfer of Competent Authority for Recognition of International Qualifications - 30 September 2016
The Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU established its register on 30 September 2016. As and from the 30 September 2016 the Board is designated as the competent authority for the profession of physiotherapist under Directive 2005/36/EC and will assess all new applications for the recognition of physiotherapist professional qualifications awarded outside the Republic of Ireland.
Applications received from 30 September 2016 must be on the CORU recognition application form and should be addressed to:
8-11 Lombard Street
Please find the CORU recognition application form and guidance notes here.
Changes to Application Form
Please note that application forms received by CORU from 30 September 2016 must be on the CORU recognition application form. Applications not on the CORU application form will not be accepted after this date.
Should you require further information on recognition application process with CORU following 30 September 2016 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Existing holders of a letter of recognition
If you have already had your professional qualification recognised by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and hold a letter of recognition you do not need to apply for recognition at CORU.
If you require any additional information on applying for registration please contact email@example.com
Competent Authorities for other professions
Department of Health
National Validation Office
Health and Social Care Professions
Leadership, Education and Development Health Service Executive
Tel: +353 91 775094
Academy of Medical Laboratory Science
31 Old Kilmainham
Tel: +353 1 677 5602
No Competent Authority
For information please contact:
National HR and Workforce Planning
Department of Health
Hawkins House, Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6354580
Social Care Worker
(no Competent Authority)