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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
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)
Physiotherapists - Transfer of Competent Authority for Recognition of International Qualifications
The Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU will establish its registers on 30 September 2016. As and from the 30 September 2016 the Board will be 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.
The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists will continue to be the competent authority in relation to all applications for recognition of professional qualifications received before 30 September 2016 and to process all such applications until such time as a decision on each application for recognition of professional qualifications has been made.
Applications for the recognition of physiotherapy qualifications received prior to 30 September 2016 are processed by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Such applications must be on the existing application form of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and should be addressed to:
The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP)
123 St Stephens Green
Please visit here for more information on the ISCP.
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.
Due to the time it may take for you to complete the application form and gather your supporting documentation it may be prudent to complete the CORU application form if you are commencing the recognition application process close to 30 September 2016.
Should you require further information on recognition application process with CORU following 30 September 2016 please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org