Call for evidence: Recognition of professional qualifications and regulation of professions 

On 25th August 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) opened a call for evidence to gather insight on the recognition of professional qualifications and regulation of professions. 

Insolvency Practitioners are identified in the call for evidence as a regulated profession, and the IPA has attended a number of meetings with BEIS on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications in connection with the existing arrangements for the recognition of Insolvency Practitioners in European countries and vice versa. 

The call for evidence has been launched to support the UK’s development of a long-term approach to the way in which professional qualifications from other countries are recognised and professions are regulated. After the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK will be able to amend or replace its system of qualification recognition, subject to any bilateral arrangements relating to professional qualifications that have been agreed with the EU this year.

Evidence from stakeholders is invited on three main themes:  

  • How the UK recognises professional qualifications from other countries 
  • Experience of professionals moving and operating within the UK internal market, in order to support the Government’s consideration of the internal market’s operation
  • How professions are regulated in the UK – those that are regulated by law and those that are voluntarily regulated 

BEIS would like to hear from all individuals, businesses and organisations that interact with all aspects of regulated professions. It cites that the call for evidence is “the first step in making sure we have a regulatory environment that supports jobs, gives fair access to global professionals and maintains high standards.” 

The IPA is responding to the call for evidence, and we would invite members to do the same. Click here for more information on the call for evidence and how to submit a response.