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Changes to Directive2005/36/EC

The European Union has recently updated the Professional Qualifications Directive2005/36/EC, with changes to take effect in January 2016.


The Directive aims to increase the freedom of movement across the EU and sets out how professional qualifications gained in one of the EU Member States are to be recognised in another Member State.

The recent amendments to the Directive include a number of changes to the way professional qualifications are recognised and regulated. The main points are as follows.

  • European Professional Card (EPC) – this is a digital way of recognising a given qualification across the EU which aims to further facilitate the free movement of professionals. It is only available to physiotherapists at this stage. The EPC will simplify the recognition of professional qualifications, enhance transparency and increase trust among authorities across the EU.

    Physiotherapists can apply for the recognition of their qualification under the EPC mechanism through the Your Europe website.

    Please note that the EPC is not a physical card – it is an electronic proof that the holder have passed administrative checks and that their professional qualifications have been recognised.

  • Alert mechanism – this will enable the electronic sharing of fitness to practise (FtP) information between regulators, enhancing our ability to protect the public.

  • Language controls – these will enable us to make sure, on a case-by-case basis, that professionals qualified in other EU countries have sufficient knowledge and command of English to practise safely and effectively.

You can find more information on the European Commission's website here.



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