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What to do if you have retired

First of all, which scenario applies to you?

  • Fully retired - You no longer see patients and are not engaged in any activity that requires registration with the Medical Council
  • Partially retired - You occasionally see patients or are engaged in activities that require you to be registered with the Medical Council, e.g. teaching, tutoring, medico-legal work, professional advisor, etc.

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.

Read our guide for Retired doctors

Do you need help?

Professional Competence

Tel: +353 1 863 9700 and press 2

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 by logging in to our support desk here

  • If you need help with your ePortfolio, we can arrange a convenient time to work with you to ensure your records are up to date.
  • If you need advice on how to apply for CPD approval for your event call or email with your event title and proposed date and we will talk you through what you need to do.
  • Contact Jennifer Noordman or Deirdre Donegan in our Professional Competence Department for any queries relating to your professional competence scheme or your application for CPD approval.
  • Alternatively, you might like to visit Professional Competence FAQs