CORU – Statutory registration for health and social care professionals

What is CORU?

CORU was established under the Health and Social Care Professions Act 2005 as the statutory regulatory body for certain health and social care professions.

What is statutory registration?

Statutory registration means that individual health and social care professionals will have to apply to be accepted onto a professional register before they are permitted to practise, or continue to practise in Ireland. CORU is the statutory registration body for this

Which professions are required to register?

There are 13 professions required to register with CORU under the new arrangements. IMPACT Trade Union has national negotiation rights for ten of those professions to be registered. The ten professions are:

  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Clinical biochemists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Social workers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social care workers
  • Speech and language therapists.

Does IMPACT support statutory registration?

Yes. IMPACT strongly supports the introduction of statutory registration, which can help deliver best practise, high quality health services, outstanding professional standards, and protection for service users. Registration also protects professionals against unscrupulous people masquerading as professionals and protects the professional title from being abused. From October 2016 IMPACT has directed its physiotherapist members not to register with CORU. See below.

Should physiotherapists register?

No. Not at the moment. IMPACT has requested that physiotherapist members do not register with CORU while the dispute is ongoing. See more information.

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is €100 and the annual renewal fee is also €100. The fee was originally set by CORU at €295. However, IMPACT campaigned to have the fee reduced and succeeded in securing a reduction to €100 under the terms of the public service agreement. This is protected for the lifetime of the agreement which expires September 2018. IMPACT will, in its negotiations with Government on a successor to the public Service agreement, seek to have the fee retained at this level.

When must I register?

Although there are 13 professions listed for compulsory registration, CORU is introducing registration on a phased basis by profession. Registers have already opened for a number of professions others are yet to be announced. See below for details of IMPACT’s professional grades.

Professional registers which have already opened

Social Workers Register opened 31st May 2013
Dietitians Register opened 31st October 2014
Speech & Language Register opened 31st October 2014
Occupational Therapist Register opened 31st March 2015
Physiotherapists Register opened 30th September 2016 (IMPACT physiotherapist members have been directed not to register until further notice).

Professional Registers where dates are yet to be announced

Clinical Biochemists




Social care workers

What does compulsory registration mean for me in the practise of my profession?

You must follow the Code of Ethics for your profession

Once you have registered with CORU you will be required to practise under the CORU code of ethics for your profession. For more information on the code of ethics for your profession you can visit the CORU website by clicking here.

You must engage in continuing professional development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which health and social care professionals maintain and improve their knowledge, skills and competence, and develop the professional qualities required throughout their professional life.

CPD is an integral component in the continuing provision of safe and effective services for the benefit of service users. CPD requires engagement by the health and social care professional in a range of learning activities on an on-going basis.

It is the responsibility of the individual registrant to make decisions about the kinds of CPD that are relevant to their role and responsibilities and to maintain relevant records during this two year period. For more information on CPD for your profession you can visit the CORU website by clicking here.

Fitness to Practise (F2P) complaints

CORU has a complaints process and is referred to as Fitness to Practise. Complaints may only be made about health and social care professionals who are registered with CORU.

Will I be subject to Fitness to Practise procedures?

Yes. Once you have registered you will be subject to the CORU fitness to practise procedures.

A guide to CORU fitness practise procedures is available on the CORU website click here or you can contact IMPACT for support, advice, or information.

Will IMPACT support and represent me should I be faced with a fitness to practise complaint?

Yes. All IMPACT members who are registered with CORU are automatically covered by our fitness to practise scheme. Access to the scheme is at no extra cost to your union subscription. This means that a member may receive full support from IMPACT including legal advice and representation during all stages of fitness to practise cases.

What are the likely sanctions that could be imposed upon me by CORU?

If following an inquiry into a complaint about you, the registration board for your profession may impose one or more of the following sanctions as provided for under section 65 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

  • An admonishment or censure
  • The attachment of conditions to your registration, including restrictions on the practise of the designated profession by the registrant
  • The suspension of your registration for a specified period
  • The cancellation of your registration
  • The prohibition from applying for a specified period for restoration to the register.

But remember, if you are in IMPACT member, we will be supporting and representing you throughout the process.

How will I know if a complaint has been made against me to CORU?

CORU will write to you setting out in detail what is required of you and will provide you with a copy of the complaint.

What should I do if faced with a fitness to practise complaint?

The first and only thing you should do when you receive the letter from CORU in relation to a complaint against you is contact IMPACT. You will be immediately referred on to our resident expert and legally qualified personnel who will support and advise you on a strictly confidential basis. Where necessary, the Union will arrange, and pay for, legal representation at fitness to practise hearings. We only appoint expert lawyers that we have full confidence in, and have experience in this area of law.

How can I or my professional colleagues find out more from IMPACT regarding things which affect me in my profession?

There are a number of ways in which you can connect with IMPACT on matters relating to your profession and workplace.

  • Through your local branch committee
  • Through your local IMPACT representative
  • Through your professional vocational group
  • By using the IMPACT website, follow us on twitter and friend us on Facebook
  • By attending IMPACT information meetings when advertised
  • By updating you contact details with IMPACT to ensure you receive information.

More information

Download an IMPACT application form HERE.

Watch video highlights of IMPACT’s conference: Get Ready for Regulation

Chiropodists/podiatrists: You’re better off in IMPACT
Clinical biochemists: You’re better off in IMPACT
Dietitians: You’re better off in IMPACT
Occupational therapists: You’re better off in IMPACT
Orthoptists: You’re better off in IMPACT
Social workers: You’re better off  in IMPACT
Physiotherapists: You’re better off in IMPACT
Psychologists: You’re better off in IMPACT
Social care workers: You’re better off in IMPACT
Speech and language therapists: You’re better off in IMPACT