System for the recognition of professional qualifications

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

Temporary mobility

Permanent establishment

The directive provides for 3 qualification recognition systems:

Partial access

Language checks

European professional card (EPC)

Access to online information and procedures

Implementing and delegated acts

In 2015, the Commission adopted Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/983 which sets out the procedure for:

In 2020, the Commission adopted Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1190 correcting Regulation (EU) 2015/983 and clarifying that the competent authority of the home EU country shall decide whether to extend temporary EPCs issued after the prior check of qualifications under Article 7(4) of the Directive.

The Commission has also adopted Delegated Decisions (EU) 2016/790, (EU) 2017/2113, (EU) 2019/608 and (EU) 2020/548 amending Annex V to Directive 2005/36/EC and updating the list of the evidence of automatically recognised formal qualifications and training courses.

Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/907 establishing a Common Training Test for ski instructors (CTT) created in 2019 an additional and voluntary scheme of automatic recognition for ski instructors across the EU. Ski instructors not covered by the CTT still benefit from the general system for mutual recognition of qualifications set out in the directive.

COVID-19 pandemic

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and introducing measures to cope with the impact of the crisis, the Commission adopted a communication containing guidelines on EU emergency assistance on cross-border cooperation in healthcare related to the COVID-19 crisis.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

BACKGROUND

As the population of working age falls in many EU countries, demand for highly qualified people is likely to increase , so their qualifications should be recognised throughout the EU in a fast, simple and reliable way.

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications (OJ L 255, 30.9.2005, pp. 22-142)

Successive amendments to Directive 2005/36/EC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/983 of 24 June 2015 on the procedure for issuance of the European Professional Card and the application of the alert mechanism pursuant to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 159, 25.6.2015, pp. 27-42)

See consolidated version.

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1190 of 11 August 2020 correcting Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/983 on the procedure for issuance of the European Professional Card and the application of the alert mechanism pursuant to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 262, 12.8.2020, pp. 4-5)

Communication from the Commission — Guidelines on EU Emergency Assistance on Cross-Border Cooperation in Healthcare related to the COVID-19 crisis (OJ C 111 I , 3.4.2020, pp. 1-5)

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/907 of 14 March 2019 establishing a Common Training Test for ski instructors under Article 49b of Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of the professional qualifications (OJ L 145, 4.6.2019, pp. 7-18)

See consolidated version.

Commission Decision 2007/172/EC of 19 March 2007 setting up the group of coordinators for the recognition of professional qualifications (OJ L 79 of 20.3.2007, pp. 38-39)

Directive 98/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998 to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which the qualification was obtained (OJ L 77, 14.3.1998, pp. 36-43)

See consolidated version.

Council Directive 77/249/EEC of 22 March 1977 to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services (OJ L 78, 26.3.1977, pp. 17-18)

See consolidated version.

last update 16.11.2020