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Restricted Registration (R)

Restricted Registration allows an allied health professional to practice without supervision in a restricted area of practice, with a specified employer and/or in specified types of establishments.

Eligibility Requirements

Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists or Speech Language Therapists who registered before 14 April 2014 and met the following criteria were granted Restricted Registration if they: 

  • Held a basic/primary professional qualification that was not on the Lists of Recognised Qualifications;
  • Did not take or did not pass the relevant Qualifying Examination (QE);
  • Had at least 1 year of work experience in Singapore as of 15 April 2013; AND
  • Were actively practising in Singapore immediately before 15 April 2013



Important Note:

Those with 2 years or less of clinical practice in Singapore as of 15 April 2013 will be required to demonstrate their English Language Proficiency.


Determining the Scope of Restriction

Applicants under consideration for restricted registration will be required to provide details of their scope of practice in Singapore. The restrictions are determined on a case-by-case basis with major considerations placed on demonstrated competent professional practice and the therapist's current scope of practice locally. The restrictions imposed may specify:

Descriptions of the scope of practice restrictions for the therapy professions are available as follows:

The restrictions imposed on a therapist's registration should not be confused with or construed as specialisation. Restricted registration is applied for 'grandfathering'purposes for therapists whose qualifications are not recognised by the AHPC but were actively practising in Singapore when registration commenced.

In exceptional circumstances, the AHPC will consider granting full registration if the therapist has demonstrated competent practice in the full scope of the professions' practice in his/her work history in Singapore.


Inportant: The restricted scope of practice and types of establishments differs for every therapist. Thus therapists and employers are to ensure that the therapists are practising within their scope of practice and the types of establishments stated in the registration certificate.


Therapists on Restricted Registration - Notifying the AHPC for Changes to Employer or Place of Practice

A therapist on restricted registration may change employer or place of practice at any time provided that his/her practice remains within the specified scope. Therapists must seek the AHPC's approval in writing at least 30 days before the intended change is to take effect.

Pursuant to Section 26(1)(a)1 of the Allied Health Professions Act 2011, the AHPC may remove the name of the registrant from the register if he/she is found not to have complied with the conditions or restrictions of his/her registration.

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1Section 26(1)(a) of the Allied Health Professions Act states that “Notwithstanding the provisions of this Act, the Council may, upon such evidence as it may require, order the removal from the appropriate register of the name of a registered allied health professional if he has been registered with restricted, conditional or temporary registration, and has failed to comply with any condition or restriction to which his registration is subject”.

Last updated: 09 Jul 2018 12:28