Notice for Applicants from Ukraine

CORU is working to support health and social care professionals from Ukraine seeking to register and work in Ireland. We have set up a dedicated contact email address for applicants from Ukraine. You can contact us directly at Ukraine@coru.ie  to ask questions, seek help, or just to let us know that you are interested in applying to register with CORU. We welcome you to make contact so we can offer assistance and advice as needed.

Under Irish law, CORU was set up to regulate the individuals who provide health and social care services in Ireland. CORU is the name given to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the twelve Registration Boards. It was established by the Minister for Health to protect the public and promote greater patient safety through the statutory registration of health and social care professionals. 

Statutory registration is a system whereby each individual member of a profession is recognised by a specific body as competent to practice within a profession under a formal mechanism that is provided for by law. Unlike systems of voluntary registration, it is a legally binding process: all persons wishing to practice must be registered, and can be prosecuted for practicing if not registered.

CORU currently has registers open for the following professions:

  • Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Scientists
  • Radiographers and Radiation Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists

Please note that these professions are all regulated in Ireland and it is necessary to register before you can practice. In addition, qualifications awarded outside the State must be assessed through a process called ‘recognition’.

Recognition Process

We are aware that you may have issues accessing documentation, so an alternative application form and guidance notes have been developed and translated into Ukrainian. Please email ukraine@coru.ie for information on how to apply for Recognition, please do NOT refer to the instructions on our website which are for general applicants.

Registration Process

A Ukraine version of the Registration guidance document can be found in the Related Files section below.