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A European Directive is an aim defined by the EU commission that, once agreed, needs to be transposed into national law in the European Member States. National authorities determine exactly how the Directive will be transposed (actioned) into their country.

To reform the system of recognition of professional qualifications in the EU and simplify the related administrative procedures, the EU adopted the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). The directive provides a modern EU system of recognition of professional experience and promotes automatic recognition of professional experience across the EU. The professions falling under the Directive 2005/36/EC are nurses, midwifes, doctors (general practitioners and specialists), dental practitioners, pharmacists, architects and veterinary surgeons. The Professional Qualifications Directive was modernised in 2013, when the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted Directive 2013/55/EU, amending Directive 2005/36/EC. See the useful links in the Further Information section of this page.


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