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Table 1 UK licensing arrangements (while the UK is a member of the European Union)

From: Prevalence of GMC performance assessments in the United Kingdom: a retrospective cohort analysis by country of medical qualification

Shorthand used in this paper

Category and notes

Countries (listed by population size)

Licensing arrangements for doctors working in the UK

UK doctors

UK: current member of EU and EEA; due to leave EU; EEA membership plans unknown


Can practise in the UK if qualified in one of these countries

EEA doctors

Remainder of the European Union; all also in the EEA

Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Czech Rep., Portugal, Sweden, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta

Remainder of the EEA; not in the EU

Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein

Former EEA member


International medical graduates (IMGs)

Rest of the world

Rest of the world

Required to pass the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test