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Compensation Measures

For the purposes of recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC, modified by Directive 2013/55/EU, for the majority of regulated professions, the professional seeking recognition has to choose whether they wish to undertake an adaptation period or an aptitude test. This applies if gaps have been found between a professional's qualifications and experience, compared with the required standard in the destination member state. Compensation measures are defined as follows:

Adaptation Period

This is a period of supervised practice working under the supervision of a qualified member of the profession. The competent authority must determine the rules governing the adaptation period and its assessment, which is decided on a case-by-case basis. The competent authority must take into account that the applicant is a qualified professional in another Member State. Further training can be required during the adaptation period. The competent authority must assess the applicant's performance during the adaptation period.

Aptitude Test

This is a test of the applicant's professional knowledge, skills and competences carried out or recognised by the competent authority. The competent authority must take into account that the applicant is a qualified professional in another Member State. The competent authority must inform the applicant of the list of subjects that may be covered by the aptitude test. This is set on a case-by-case basis.

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