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EU Directive on professional qualifications takes effect on 18 January

Are you ready? The new EU Directive on recognition of professional qualifications takes effect on 18 January 2016.

The Directive introduces the European Professional Card (EPC) as an electronic recognition procedure, intended to expedite mobility procedures across all EU member states by either confirming that the individual’s professional qualifications have been recognised by the host country, or that the individual has met the conditions to provide services on a temporary or occasional basis.

The professions benefiting from the new EPC regime under the new Directive 2013/55/EU, in the initial stage from January, are varied: mountain guides, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, real estate agents.

Other professions (including a number in the health sector) will be added to this list in a later second stage.

Further details can be found on the European Commission’s website.

UK NCP, the UK's National Contact Point for information on professional qualifications, which operates under the UK NARIC umbrella, has been running a series of workshops on the new Directive 2013/55/EU and the predecessor Directive 2005/36/EC which it amends. Key information for employers and professional bodies is covered, including:

Partial access; the European Professional Card; the alert mechanism; language requirements; recognition of professional traineeships; common training frameworks.

Look out for details of further workshops in 2016, on the UK NCP website and in this newsletter.

Further information is available from info@ukncp.org.uk

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