Temporary and occasional registration

EU legislation allows chiropractors to apply to work in the UK on a temporary and occasional basis.

What do we mean by temporary and occasional services?

In the UK, temporary and occasional service provision is governed by The European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015, which gives effect to Directive 2005/36/EC.

To be eligible for temporary and occasional registration, you must be:

  • a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland or hold European Community rights; and
  • currently established and allowed to practise as a chiropractor without restriction in another EEA country
  • intending to be present in the UK to provide chiropractic service on both a temporary and occasional basis

You must intend practising in the UK on both a temporary and occasional basis to be entitled to this type of registration.

Temporary practice:

  • is not a permanent or fixed term contract or agreement to provide services on:
    • a regular basis
    • a frequent basis
    • a continuous basis
  • is not for an indefinite period

Occasional practice:

  • is not regular
  • is not frequent
  • is not continuous

Temporary and occasional applications are assessed against the combined criteria on a case-by-case basis, taking into account:

  • duration: the time taken to perform the service
  • frequency: how often it occurs, which may be the interval between visits
  • regularity: how regular the service provision is, and whether it is constant or at fixed intervals
  • continuity: whether the services are provided in a continuous period or sporadically over a period of time.

Examples of the kind of provision of services that might be considered temporary and occasional include:

  • providing services for a sports team by visiting the UK sporadically and infrequently
  • undertaking services for a short period of time in cases of a national emergency

If you do not believe that your intended practice fulfills these criteria, then you can still apply for registration through Route 3.