Professional Qualifications Recognition

How can people who are educated and trained in different Member States, each with their own nationalqualification for the profession, work in these regulated fields in other Member States?

European Directive 2005/36/EC is designed to enable EU citizens to transfer their qualifications and skills between Member States.  It works on the principle that a qualified professional in one Member State is qualified to exercise the same profession in another Member State.

Some professions are automatically recognised – is this true?

There is automatic recognition of professional qualifications in the EU for 7 professions known as “sectoral” professions.  These are architects, dentists, doctors, midwives, nurses, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons.

To whom does the directive apply?

To be eligible for recognition under the Directive, a person must be an EU or EEA national and must be a fully qualified professional wishing to practice a regulated profession in another Member State.

How can I find out whether the profession I want to practice is regulated in the Member State where I want to work?

Through the contact points for the Member State concerned.  You can find details for these professional authorities listed on the Europa website

What if my profession is not regulated in my home Member State but is regulated in the Member State where I wishto work?

You still have rights under the Directive.  You should obtain recognition of your qualifications by making an application to the authority for the profession in the Member State where you want to practice.

What if my profession is not regulated in the country I wish to work?

You do not need to apply for recognition of your professional qualifications.  You can practise in that Member State, subject to the same conditions as its own nationals.

How do I find out what information I need to provide for recognition of my professional qualifications?

You should make your application to the authority for the profession in the Member State where you want to practice or contact that country’s contact point for further information.