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Medicines management: Can I use prescribing qualifications from abroad in the UK?

I have moved to the UK recently and have a prescribing qualification from my home country. Can I use it here?

Question: I have moved to the UK recently and have a prescribing qualification from my home country. Can I use it here?

There are currently no mechanisms in place in the UK to accept non-medical prescribing qualifications from other countries, but this issue needs to be addressed at international level.

Prescribing is now possible in many countries, not only for nursing staff but also for other professions joining the ranks of the non-medical prescribers, such as pharmacists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists and physiotherapists.

As healthcare staff are so mobile – and some countries seem to have frequent staff migration – we tend to accept the main professional qualifications from countries within the European Union (EU), whose staff have the freedom to move between countries. It is even possible for a doctor in one EU country to prescribe a medicine that can be dispensed in another EU country.

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