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European Directive - temporary and occasional registration

22 Nov 2007

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On 20 October 2007, new EU legislation came into force designed to make it easier for qualified professionals to move around Europe. The European Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications means that health care professionals, including optometrists and dispensing opticians, can register to work in other European countries on a temporary and occasional basis. GOC registrants can apply to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis by contacting the equivalent regulatory body in that country. They may be required to fill in a declaration, and provide supporting documents including evidence of indemnity insurance. Anyone using the titles “optometrist” or “dispensing optician” who wishes to practise in the UK on an occasional or temporary basis, will have to be registered with the GOC. They will be assessed on competencies, qualifications and experience, and may be asked to complete an aptitude test.

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