COVID-19 Update

We will be using this section of the website to provide updates from CORU in relation to COVID-19.

Update on the COVID-19 Emergency Registration Process

Issued 31 July 2020

The Minister for Health has signed an order to extend the restoration period contained in Section 98 of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 to  31 December 2020.

No further extensions are foreseen and restored Section 98 practitioners who wish to continue working beyond December 2020 should seek permanent restoration to the CORU register.

Please see here to apply for full restoration.

Issued 30 March 2020

Restoration to the Register – Emergency Measures in the Public interest (Covid-19) Act 2020

On 27 March 2020, the President signed the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 (“the Act") into law, in response to the public health crisis arising from COVID-19.

The Act proposes to address the need to maximise the available number of skilled health professionals in Ireland, by facilitating the temporary re-registration of health sector professionals. The Act makes provision for a simplified registration process to facilitate the recruitment of healthcare professionals. No fee is payable for an applicant for re-registration under these arrangements.

The Act proposes to empower regulators of the health professions to adopt a more streamlined and simplified restoration process to the register for individuals who wish to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. 

Part 4 of the Act  facilitates the restoration to the register of healthcare professionals (i.e. Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Dentists, Pharmacists and other Health and Social Care Professionals such as Radiographers, Radiation Therapists, Social Workers, Medical Scientists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians) by way of a simplified restoration process for individuals who wish to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

Former registered Health sector professionals are defined as 'previous registrants' under the Act and include those who either voluntarily withdrew from the register of their designated profession or were removed due to non-payment of registration fees.  In addition, the Act provides for an end date for these emergency registrations and states that registrants who were registered pursuant to this emergency legislation shall cease to be registered on 31 July 2020. This timeline may be reviewed by the Minister as the COVID-19 crisis evolves.

The Act also provides that where a registered health practitioner carries out activities under the direction or control of a registered medical practitioner, that person may not be investigated by the Medical Council for performing those functions. The amendment to the Act means that 'non-medical practitioners' can do things normally only done by a medical practitioner once carried under the direction of a medical practitioner. In normal circumstances, these 'non-medical practitioners' would be investigated by Medical Council. 

This extraordinary amendment is a recognition of the severity of the public health crisis and the steps necessary to ensure that the healthcare system can operate as effectively as possible in the midst of that crisis.

If you are considering applying to CORU to be restored to the register in these circumstances, please visit the Emergency Registration page to submit an application.

COVID-19 Emergency Registration Process

In line with Section 98 Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020, CORU has created an application process to enable former registered health sector professionals, who either voluntarily withdrew from the register of their designated profession or were removed due to non-payment of registration fees, to have their registration restored.

To apply for a Section 98 COVID-19 Emergency Registration Restoration, please complete the application form.

Further guidance on Section 98 applications can be found in the guidance notes.

Please send the completed form and proof of identification to registration@coru.ie. Please do not send any documentation by post.

There is no fee for Section 98 applications.

Please note that the end date for these emergency registrations, and registrants who were registered pursuant to this emergency legislation, shall cease to be registered on 31 July 2020. This timeline may be reviewed by the Minister as the COVID-19 crisis evolves.

Issued 26 March 2020

Advice for Registered Health and Social Care Professionals from CORU

CORU registrants are at the frontline of the current COVID-19 pandemic and we offer you our support and thanks for the work you are doing in these unprecedented times.

CORU has a statutory duty to protect the public by setting standards for its registrants. CORU also has a responsibility to support our registrants and we want to reassure registrants that we recognise that these times may require temporary changes to normal practice.

In the current emergency, we know that many existing regulated professions are being asked to redeploy to carry out duties including testing for COVID-19 and contact tracing. We understand and expect that you will be trained to carry out any new duties competently.

As a CORU registrant, the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for your profession will continue to guide and assist you, regardless of where you are working.

CORU is here to support registrants in whatever way we can. We expect registrants to continue to act reasonably, responsibly and to be able to explain your actions and decisions if required. We thank all of you for your dedication and work during these difficult times.

Stay safe, mind your health and wellbeing, while continuing to protect the patients and service users in your care.

Issued 20 March 2020

Former CORU Registrants who wish to be re-registered

The executive at CORU has been working with the Department of Health to amend emergency legislation to assist in the efforts to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19 in our country.

We are examining the introduction of a fast track system for former registrants who have signed up to the On Call HSE and wish to return to their professional register.

We are suggesting that you contact registration@coru.ie to be kept up to date on developments.

Issued 11 March 2020

A statement from the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, CORU, to all registered health and social care professionals in relation to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

CORU understands that as health and social care professionals you are now, and in the coming weeks and months ahead will be, facing many challenges in your respective professions with the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland.

As CORU registered professionals, we acknowledge that many of you are on the frontline of health services and that your first concern will be the care of patients and people who use health and social care services. We encourage all professionals, working in partnership with each other and people using services, to use your professional judgement to assess risk to deliver safe care informed by any relevant guidance, values and principles set out in your Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.

We encourage all professionals to use the reliable up-to-date information available on the HSE website and to exercise caution on information from unreliable sources such as social media platforms. The HSE website has a specific section that provides detailed advice to healthcare professionals on a range of issues relating to COVID-19. Many of your employers will also issue guidance to you directly.

We also encourage you to take care of your own health and to follow all guidelines issued and provided by the National Public Health Emergency Team and the HSE.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge our appreciation of your role and the role of your profession in the Irish healthcare system at this unprecedented time.

Dr. Bernard McCartan                                                        Ginny Hanrahan
Chairperson                                                                       Chief Executive/Registrar
Health and Social Care Professionals Council                  Health and Social Care Professionals Council
CORU                                                                                CORU