The Irish Medical Council has said that it needs more powers to stop doctors who are struck off for misconduct abroad from operating here in Ireland.
A recent Supreme Court ruling means doctors cannot be banned here on the basis of proceedings conducted in other countries.
Professor Gerard Bury of the Medical Council says that they must have the power to use complaints and evidence gathered abroad when conducting inquiries.
The council says the public should contact them if they want to check if their doctor is registered.
Professor Bury said the Supreme Court "has a duty to the public before the profession".