The Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC) is the basis for pan-European recognition of regulated professions including for architects. There will be no system of reciprocal recognition of professional qualifications between EEA states and the UK after 31 October 2019 in the case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
The guidance below covers recognition of UK qualifications in the EU, and EU qualifications in the UK. If you cannot find the information you are looking for below, please check the UK Government’s Brexit webpage.
Architects that have already registered with the Architects Registration Board ahead of 31 October 2019 will continue to have these qualifications recognised.
The Architects Registration Board will be able to recognise EEA and Swiss qualifications that are currently recognised under Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC. Architects with these qualifications will be able to apply for recognition of their qualifications on the same basis after the day that the UK leaves the EU, providing they have access to the profession in their home state.
This UK Government note covers further information relating to the recognition of qualifications, including those practicing with temporary status and those whose rights are covered by the general system.
The RIBA recommends contacting the Architects Registration Board if there are any further questions relating to the status of your professional qualification.
The Architects Registration Board oversees recognition of qualifications in the UK. This page covers Frequently Asked Questions and outlines routes to application.
Decisions made by regulators in the EU on recognition UK professional qualifications made before the withdrawal date will be unaffected.
This European Commission note covers further information relating to the recognition of UK professional qualifications in the EU for both UK and EU nationals.
The RIBA recommends contacting the relevant national regulator to seek clarity ahead of the Brexit date to seek clarity over the position of your own professional qualification.