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European Professional Card (EPC)

From 18th January 2016, general care nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, real estate agents and mountain guides can pursue their professions in other EU countries more freely thanks to the European Professional Card (EPC). This card aims to ease the free movement of these mobile professionals by simplifying the procedure for getting their professional qualifications recognised in another EU country. The recognition decision will still be made in accordance with existing regulation, but the mechanism will be simplified through an electronic procedure. This system also has built-in safeguards which prevent its misuse: alert mechanism guarantees adequate protection of EU patients and consumers. EPC is not plastic card, but an electronic certificate issued via the first EU-wide fully online procedure for the recognition of qualifications. Depending on the practical experience of the functioning of the procedure, EPC might be extended to other professions in the future.

Additional information is available on the web site of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises.

Ordinance on issuing the European Professional Card (EPC)

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