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Mutual recognition of professional qualifications
Brexit deal analysis
What does the Trade Agreement say?
- There is no automatic mutual recognition of professional qualifications. However, a framework is laid out allowing professional bodies to move in this direction in future.
- There is some special protection for lawyers advising on UK or public international law.
- The agreement allows for bilateral recognition between regulators/authorised bodies between the UK and another Member State, so we could see a patchwork picture emerging in future, where in some countries qualifications are recognised and cross-border supplies of services are easier to deliver.
How does this compare to what was expected?
- The UK was pushing for more ambitious mutual recognition provisions, and many in the services sector were hoping for this.
- That the EU did not concede in this area was, however, an expected outcome.
- The agreement reached is broadly in line with other Free Trade Agreements the EU has reached.
What are the actions for business?
- Ensure any employees currently providing cross-border services within regulated professions register to protect their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, which in some circumstances are ‘grandfathered’.
- Monitor the requirements in each Member State with respect to regulated professions and ensure appropriate steps are taken before providing cross-border services, which may include registering with dual professional bodies, changing residence or even re-qualifying.
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