I am a British national living in the Netherlands. What will happen regarding the recognition of my professional qualifications after Brexit?
December 24th, 4 pm 2020: The information on this page will possibly be updated in accordance with the partnership between the EU and the UK.
Up to and including 31 December 2020 a transition period is in place. Brexit will not affect the recognition of your professional qualifications during this period, as all EU agreements and rules will still apply to the UK.
Your recognised professional qualifications from the UK will remain valid. You can also continue to have professional qualifications from the UK recognised as EU qualifications during this period. The competent authority for your profession can provide you with more information. You can find the competent authorities for each regulated profession on the website of the European Commission.
After 31 December 2020 the situation may change depending on the arrangements agreed by the UK and the EU.
If new agreements are made
During the transition period, the EU and the UK will negotiate the details of their future relationship. Discussions about recognising professional qualifications may form part of these negotiations.
Your UK professional qualifications will remain valid in the Netherlands after the transition period if they are recognised before that period ends.
If no new agreements are made
If no agreements are made, the situation after the transition period will be different. UK professional qualifications will be dealt with in the same way as professional qualifications from third countries. The rules on applying for qualifications to be recognised vary by profession. The competent authority for each profession can provide more information. You can find the competent authorities for each regulated profession on the website of the European Commission.