Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (110)

John McGuinness

Question:

242 Mr. McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if an application for validation and documents submitted by a person (details supplied) in County Laois in May 2004 will be processed without further delay by the personnel management and development section of her Department; and if a decision will be expedited. [24991/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

Applications for the validation of non-national qualifications are received by my Department as the designated authority under the EU directives governing the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. The appropriate professional body, which acts as adviser to my Department, examines all applications to determine equivalence with Irish qualifications. A complete application for validation from the person referred to by the Deputy was received in my Department on 18 August 2004. The documents were checked, processed and forwarded to the professional body at that time. The professional body's assessment will be completed as soon as possible when the final decision will be communicated to the applicant by my Department.