First of all, which scenario applies to you?
Retired medical practitioners are subject to the same professional competence requirements as all other practising doctors.
If you are fully retired and do not intend to do any medical work in the foreseeable future, then it will be very difficult to meet the Professional Competence requirements as set out by the Medical Council. In this case, you may wish to consider voluntary withdrawal from the Register.
There is information for retired doctors on the Medical Council website and it might be useful to contact the Medical Council Professional Competence Scheme section.
If you have partially retired and are still involved in medically-related activities such as advisory, academic or medico-legal work, then you are obliged to fulfil your statutory duty to maintain professional competence.
We have a highly experienced Professional Competence support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain Professional Competence. Please note, at present the fastest way to contact this department is via email.