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Ireland – Information

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in Ireland

Contact information:

Address: 77, Lower Camden Street, Dublin, DO2 XE80, Ireland
Tel/Fax:(+353) (86) 4672046

Chairperson: Meave Keaveney


The Society was formed in 1978 from the amalgamation of The Irish Association of Chiropodists and the Irish branch of The Society of Chiropodists in the UK. Formerly The Society of Chiropodists, the organisation has added the word Podiatrists to its title to reflect the use of this term throughout the English-speaking world (the term ‘chiropodist’ would be little known in countries such as the USA, Australia and South Africa).

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Education Process- Only one university in Republic of Ireland provides a Podiatry course - National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).
- The course commenced in 2008 and it provides a 4 -year undergraduate programme leading to an honours bachelor's degree in Podiatry - BSc (Hons) Podiatry.
- It has an intake of 25 students each year.Since 2016 they have offered postgraduate modules leading to a master's degree.
Years/Hours:- 4 years
- 1000 clinical hours
Degree:- BSc (hons) Podiatry
Continuous education mandatory:- Not yet, will be 60 points over 2 years. 1 hour equals 1 point but reading an article also counts as 1 point
Name of regulated profession:- Chiropodist/Podiatrist
Schools:Find a school:


Governemental recognition:- There is no government state registration for Podiatrists in Ireland yet.
- Registration for 12 healthcare professions (including Podiatry) was signed into law in 2005 Only about half of the professions have become registered so far and we expect the Podiatrists' register to open sometime in the next two years. While it is not compulsory to join a professional body such as SCPI it compulsory to have malpractice indemnity insurance and podiatrists get a much cheaper insurance if they are members of a recognised professional body.To work in the Public Health Service, Podiatrists must be on the "Health Service Executive (HSE) List of Approved Chiropodists/Podiatrists" Graduates of NUIG are eligible for automatic inclusion on the list but graduates of universities outside the Republic of Ireland must undergo a validation process if they wish to get on the List.
Allowing foreign podiatrists- Yes, under the EU directive - a validate process. Prog: Procedure of the recognition of Qualification Committee25/10/2016. Information re "Working in Ireland" is available on the following link:
Applicable legislation-

What you need to know about podiatry in Ireland:

Is there free access for patients?
- Free to all patients with diabetic foot ulcers
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?
- No
Is the podiatrist is allowed to perform surgery?
- No surgery
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?
- Prescribes orthotics
- Manufactures orthotics

Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?
- No
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?
- Not yet, in process of creating a regulatory body

How many podiatrists are active in Ireland?- Unknown. None as of yet. 277 members

Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?
- No
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?
- Draft copy is sent to all new members, will be regulated by government post registration